In April 1920, the Communist Workers’ Party of Germany (KAPD) was founded, a party to the left of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD). For a short while, two communist parties existed in Germany, which struggled for the leading role within the labour movement. The primary objective of the KAPD’s political activities was “to develop the self-awareness” of the proletariat.

Anlässlich des Tags der Arbeit thematisiert dieses Spotlight das, was Arbeiter*innen Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts täglich umgeben hat: Industriearchitektur. Einem einzelnen Aspekt dieser Architektur widmen wir uns genauer: dem Backstein.

The Jewish educator and politician Kurt Hahn lived from 1886 to 1974. Two world wars, experiences in exile, the founding of schools, social changes and political involvement lie between these two dates. As a general rule, Kurt Hahn is associated with an educational movement which is designated as progressive education (in German: Reformpädagogik). The progresssive educational ideas of this time

This Spotlight is devoted to women and their clothing. We shall examine striving for emancipation as self-determination through fashion, as a struggle to be able to move around freely and to appropriate the male article of clothing par excellence – trousers.

The Filmarchiv (Film Archive) of the DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum (German Film Institute and Film Museum) in Frankfurt/Main preserves approximately 20,000 cinematographic works, but also amateur and experimental films. A collection of amateur videos by the inventor and film pioneer Julius Neubronner from 1900 to 1918 is now also available in the German Digital Library.

During his time as priest of the small country parish of Thurndorf in the Upper Palatine district of Neustadt a.d. Waldnaab, Johann Barnickel (1870-1952) had an unusual hobby: he was interested in aeronautical science.

Cinemas have been closed since the beginning of November, cinema operators are worried that they will not be able to open again after the lockdown due to financial reasons; there is even talk of the death of the cinema. The longer film theatres remain closed, the clearer it becomes, however, that the home viewing experience is different from that in

In our new series #DDBwerkbank (DDB workbench) we are going to explore what starting points there are for unexpected, fascinating and sometimes crazy actions in our portal. We are beginning with a workshop in which we’ll create our own sticker sets for the Signal Messenger with objects from the German Digital Library!

On 21st February 1919, Kurt Eisner, the Bavarian Chairman of the Unabhängige Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (USPD – Independent Social Democratic Party of Germany), was shot dead. You can learn more about Eisner and the historical-political context of his assassination in the new "Im Blickpunkt" (“Focus on”) of the Archivportal-D.

With its many and varied objects, archival materials, photographs and works of fine and applied art, the museum documents Jewish life in Germany up to the present day.