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18 August 2020 – 7 February 2021

Letters of exiled authors from the Otto Kleiber Archives

During the National Socialist regime, numerous publications by authors exiled from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia appeared in the feuilleton of the Basler National-Zeitung.

In the small library showcase, the University Library of Basel presents selected testimonies from the rich collection of letters and autographs of Otto Kleiber (1883–1969), who worked as a feature editor for the National-Zeitung from 1919 to 1953.

The letters written to Otto Kleiber by Else Lasker-Schüler, Max Brod, Alfred Döblin, Erika Mann, and other writers provide insight into the difficult living and working conditions in exile. At the same time, they point to a continuity of literary and journalistic work and show that the feuilleton of the largest Basel daily newspaper was an important place of publication of the German-speaking exile in the years 1933 to 1945.

Library showcase in the Barfüsserkirche, Photo: Basel Historical Museum, Natascha Jansen
Otto Kleiber, [1945], Photo: Robert Spreng, University Library Basel, Portrait BS Kleiber O 1883,1
Letters from exiled authors from the Otto Kleiber Archive, Photo: Basel Historical Museum, Natascha Jansen

Cabinet exhibition in the
Barfüsserkirche/library showcase

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