Austrian National Library shows exhibition on World War I


1914, a hundred years ago, was the outbreak of the World War I. On this occasion the Austrian National Library is dedicating an extraordinary exhibition with the title “An Meine Völker! Der Erste Weltkrieg 1914-1918” (“To my people! World War I 1914-1918”) and will present the comprehensive collection of the library to this key incident, which shattered Europe and the entire world.

The predecessor of the Austrian National Library, the Court Library of the Austro-Hungarian monarchs, was already archiving during the war tens of thousands photos, posters, texts, war diaries and other remarkable documents, which testify in an impressive way the life at the frontline and in the home countries.
From the far-reaching assassination on archduke Franz Ferdinand 1914 to the Völkermanifest 1918 – roughly 250 exhibits from the comprehensive war collection of the Austrian Library will tell the story of the war and the slow collapse of the multiethnic monarchy Austria-Hungary.

“An meine Völker!” – World War I 1914 – 1918
Curated by Manfred Rauchensteiner, university professor, historian, author and long-time director of Military History Museum in Vienna.

The exhibition can be visited at the State room of the Austrian National Library, Josefsplatz1, Vienna.
Starting 12 March 2014 | Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10 – 18 h, Thu 10 – 21 h

By the beginning of April 2014 more than 75.000 digitalised objects from different collections of the Austrian National Library will be displayed at the European online library Europeana. At the same time all online activities about the commemorative year are being collected and stored at the Web@rchiv Austria.