Jan Meisels Allen
Sylvia Asmus, German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek), Head of
German Exilearchiv 1933 -1945 sent an email to interested parties informing the
public that the Library decided to put the digitized Exile press (Exilpresse)
back online. This is very important to German-Jewish family researchers for
including such publications as the Aufbau, the journal for German-speaking Jews
around the globe.
The purpose of the project of the German exile archive, The Deutsche Exilarchiv
1933-1945 of the Deutsche National Library, was to digitize selected exile
newspapers and exile magazines >from its own collection, supplemented by the
collections of the Exile Literature 1933-1945 collection of the Deutsche National
Library in Leipzig and other libraries.
This is a summary of the notice. The email does not appear to be on the Library
website as of this posting. Thank you to Yvonne Stern, Brazil, for informing us of
the notice and for aiding in the translation >from German into English.
The Library has been considering this over the past several years reviewing the
pros and cons of the decision. They are involved in the network project, Arts in
Exile www.kuenste-im-exil.de and are working on a permanent exhibition of the
German exilkarchiv 1933-1945. At the same time they are concerned with copyrights.
Much of the notice involved discussion of copyrights and developments that have
occurred regarding The European Directive on orphan works that is now national
law and further regulation adopted by the German legislature on the use of
out-of-print works at that time in 13d ff., Copyright Act, since June 1, 2016, in
51f Revaluation Societies Act .
As of 1 December 2016, the holdings can be accessed via the portal of the German
National Library (www.dnb.de). Should copyrights be infringed, we ask
the rights holders to notify us accordingly.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee