Exhibition and reading
The Tagebuch- und Erinnerungsarchiv Berlin e.V. (TEA) owns a large collection of field post letters. In a joint project between the archive and the Mark Twain Library, a selection of them is now being presented in an exhibition, supplemented by letters and field postcards from the private collection of two members of staff.
Field post letters bear witness to the soldiers' longing for home, family and peace, also for honour and recognition of their war achievements by parents and relatives. Since the letters were usually censored, however, little is reported in them about everyday life in the war. These experiences are more likely to be found in the few diaries that have survived from the war years.
Nevertheless, these letters from the First and Second World Wars, written 80 or 110 years ago, bear witness to the senselessness of the wars, the destruction, the hunger and the misery. Often the theatres of war at that time are the same ones we hear about every day in the news about the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine.
The Tagebuch- und Erinnerungsarchiv Berlin e.V. (TEA) has a large collection of field post letters. In a joint project of the archive and the Mark Twain Library, a selection of them will now be presented in an exhibition, supplemented by letters and field postcards from the private collection of two staff members.
Accompanying this, an event will take place in the library foyer on 20.07.2023 at 8 pm, in which the history of the field post will be reported on and read from.
As far as it was possible to find out through research, the testimonies will be supplemented by biographical data of their authors. The two staff members Isabelle Sahner and Renate Zimmermann will also contribute family history background information.
Admission free, registration requested under 030 54704142
With the kind support of the Förderverein Marzahn-Hellersdorf e.V.
Photos will be taken at some events and published on social media and the website.
The exhibition can be seen during the opening hours of the library:
- Monday 10:00 - 19:30
- Tuesday 10:00 - 19:30
- Wednesday 14:00 - 19:30
- Thursday 10:00 - 19:30
- Friday 10:00 - 19:30
- Saturday 10:00 - 14:00