In 1914, one hundred years ago, World War I broke out. To mark this occasion the Austrian National Library is dedicating an extraordinary exhibition with the title An Meine Völker! Der Erste Weltkrieg 1914-1918 (To my peoples! World War I 1914–1918) and will present the library’s comprehensive collection relating to this key incident that shattered Europe and the entire world.
The predecessor of the Austrian National Library, the Court Library of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was already active during the war archiving tens of thousands of photos, posters, texts, war diaries and other remarkable documents that give impressive testimony to life on the frontline and in the home countries. From the far-reaching assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 to the Völkermanifest in 1918, roughly 250 exhibits from the Austrian National Library’s comprehensive war collection will tell the story of the war and the slow collapse of the multi-ethnic Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
This publication is available at ERSTE Foundation Library.