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Germanic Collections

German and Central European Area Studies

  • Habsburg Internet Links A collection of links to portals, organizations, collections, and publications having to do with the culture and history of the Habsburg monarchy and its successor states in central Europe from 1500 to the present. Affiliated with the Center for Austrian Studies, the Society for Austrian and Habsburg History, the Czechoslovak History Conference and the American Association for the Study of Hungarian History.
  • is the "megaportal," the main gateway, to Germany's web sites.

  • The Anthropology of German Studies is an informal network for anthropologists whose research is focused on German-speaking countries and on the German diaspora.
  • The Library of Congress has published country studies as part of its "Area Handbook Program." They provide useful overviews of a variety of topics relating to specific countries, including historical surveys.
  • German Historical Institute (GHI). Independent Research Institute based in Washington, D.C., and dedicated to the promotion of historical research in Germany and the U.S. Strong focus on German-American themes.
  • Austrian Institute of Economic Research - Österreichisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung)-WIFO - is a private non-profit organization. It maintains the WIFO site offering information about the Institute, bibliographic references, publications, and data pertaining to the Austrian economy. WIFO offers citations and abstracts from the Institute's library, as well as access to the Institute's publications, such as the Monatsbericht.
  • Looted Art -- Research catalog on material lost from German libraries and museums as a result of World War II.
  • Unabhängige Expertenkommission Schweiz - Zweiter Weltkrieg. The Independent Commission of Experts was established in December 1996 by a unanimously approved resolution of the Swiss federal assembly (parliament). Its mandate was to investigate the volume and fate of assets moved to Switzerland before, during and immediately after the Second World War from a historical and legal point of view. After a five-year period of investigative activity, the Commission presented its Final Report. The report is accessible on internet.
  • Historikerkommission der Republik Österreich. The Historical Commission was established jointly by the Austrian Federal Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Speaker of the Federal Council. The Commission's mandate is to investigate and report on the whole complex of expropriations in Austria during the Nazi era and on restitution and/or compensation (including other financial or social benefits) after 1945 by the Republic of Austria. Progress reports as well as the final report are accessible through this site.
  • Dokumentationsarchiv des österreichischen Widerstandes (DÖW) has established a website that provides an overview of its holdings, projects, publications, events, and coworkers.

Here is a selection of important Internet addresses of the German Federal Government:

The Federal States of the Bundesrepublik also offer selections of basic statistical information and data.

Berlin on the Web

  • The Berlin Senate's information system offers links to other web pages with information about Berlin.
  • berlinfo the first English-language web platform for Germany's capital, providing comprehensive, well-researched and reliable information gathered by a network of international local experts.
  • Information on cultural events and tourism, including arrival and departure times at Berlin's three airports: Schšnefeld, Tegel and Tempelhof.
  • Online version of Zitty, the magazine of current and cultural events in Berlin.
  • Architecture of embassy buildings and state missions in Berlin, including architects, photographs, plans and interactive maps.

For statistical information on Switzerland, the Bundesamt für Statistik (BFS) maintains a website with press releases, statistical summaries, information about new publications and information sources. The Schweizerisches Bundesarchiv offers publications, finding aids, statistics, and other services of information provided by the Swiss Federal Archives.

Some important cultural institutions:

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