Austrian Archive for Exile Studies at the Literaturhaus Wien

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Österreichische Exilbibliothek im Literaturhaus Wien

Seidengasse 13

1070 Vienna

Austrian Archive for Exile Studies at the Literaturhaus Wien

A hiker at the shore of a water stretchJakov Lind Wanderjahre, watercolour, 1970'sAustrian Archive for Exile Studies at the Literaturhaus Wien Founded in 1993, the Austrian Archive for Exile Studies documents the life and work of Austrian writers and other cultural figures in exile and emigration after 1933/1938. It is the largest and most important specialised library in Austria on cultural exile. The archives and library focus on literature, theatre, journalism, music, art, cultural studies and the history of publishing. The Archive for Exile Studies is a library, workplace, event venue and information centre for researchers, journalists, students and others with an interest in the subject, as well as the artists themselves, their families and descendants.

Friends of the Austrian Archive for Exile Studies

The Austrian Archive for Exile Studies is an institution that reveals how much Austria has been shaped by the experience of exile. It sets out to be a place of vivid recollection and fitting commemoration of persecution, displacement and exile. It needs advocates and supporters. The Friends of the Austrian Archive for Exile Studies were founded for this purpose in 2007. This independent society supports the ongoing activities and special projects of the Austrian Archive for Exile Studies.



Reference library (approx. 8,000 titles and 1,600 periodicals). The titles can be accessed via the Literaturhaus online catalogue. The library holds publications by Austrian writers in exile and emigration which appeared outside Germany after 1933, and outside Austria after 1938.

Original editions, new editions and translations

Works translated, designed, illustrated or published by emigrants

The output of publishing houses in exile for which Austrians worked

Magazines which appeared in exile and journals specialising in the subject of exile


Secondary literature and reference books


Documentation (in the form of newspaper cuttings, bio-bibliographical material, offprints, posters, etc.) of approx. 7,000 persons and sorted by keywords (e.g. countries of exile, organisations and professions).

Desider Stern archive: Werke jüdischer Autoren deutscher Sprache (works by German language authors of Jewish origin), 1960s-1970s

Estates, partial estates and collections

Literature and translation, e.g. Boris Brainin, Gitta Deutsch, Joseph Fabry/Max Knight, Mimi Grossberg, Fritz Kalmar, Jakov Lind, Alfred Marnau and Alisa Stadler

Theatre, cabaret and film, e.g. Jimmy Berg, Hans Schlesinger and Edmund Wolf

Journalism, e.g. Alice Penkala, Heinz Markstein, Maximilian Reich and Alice Schwarz-Gardos

Science, e.g. Robert Heilig and Hilde Zaloscer

Art and architecture, e.g. Käthe Berl, Bettina Ehrlich, Agi Lamm and Jonas Mond

Collections of organisations’ records and periodicals, e.g. Federación de Austríacos Libres (Bolivia) and Israel Nachrichten (1974 ff.)

Collections of letters and autographs, single manuscripts and small collections, e.g. Oskar Kokoschka, Georg Terramare and Jesse Thoor

Image and media archive

Photographic portraits of Austrian creative artists in exile; collection of historical portraits and photographs with subjects related to exile

Collection of (historic) film and audio documents and live recordings of events held by the Austrian Archive for Exile Studies

Events, exhibitions and publications

The Austrian Archive for Exile Studies introduces its work to the public through a series of events (more than 200 to date): conferences, workshops (also for school and university students), readings, talks with witnesses to history, exhibitions and publications of catalogues and books (approx. 40 to date). Many projects have evolved in cooperation with national and international institutions and publishing houses which work in similar fields.

The first exhibition Die Zeit gibt die Bilder (1992) showed more than 70 photographs by Alisa Douer. These captured her encounters with writers and artists, among them Billy Wilder, Anna Maria Jokl, Gerda Lerner and Max Zweig, who were of Austrian origin and had to flee in 1933 or 1938. Exhibitions about countries of asylum (e.g. Wie weit ist Wien, 1995, on Latin America) and other topics (e.g. Kleine Verbündete/Little Allies, 1995, on displaced authors of children’s books, and Geteilte Erinnerung, 2003, on generations of exile) followed. Individual exiles have also been highlighted (e.g. the writer Mimi Grossberg in 1999, the sculptor Anna Mahler in 2004 and the playwright, director and journalist Edmund Wolf in 2010).

The book and audio book series Österreichische Exilbibliothek comprises literary works with an autobiographical impact by Eva Kollisch, Jakov Lind, Lore Segal and Leo Spitzer. In 2012 the archive issued its first DVD, Der Heimwehträger. Neunzig Minuten mit Fritz Kalmar, a documentary by Erich and Libertad Hackl.


Opening hours: Monday and Wednesday, 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. or by appointment
Please contact us in advance if you wish to use the manuscript collections
Guided tours: by appointment