about the Archive
Information about the municipal archives of Dessau-Roßlau, which holdings you can view with us and what services we offer.
Here you can find the archive regulations and the fee catalog. Please inform yourself about the modalities during a visit to the Stadtarchiv Dessau-Roßlau.
Unfortunately, this is only available in German.
If you want to know what’s new in the archive or you want to find out about events in the archive network, take a look here.
Dessau calendar available
The Dessau Calendar 2023, the 67th volume of this local yearbook for Dessau-Roßlau and the surrounding area, was published in time for the beginning of December. It is published by the Dessau-Roßlau City Archive. The volume has 224 pages and contains 15 articles on a wide range of topics from the history and present of our city and region. As always, it is richly illustrated with 292 pictures.
Presentation of the calendar in the Old Water Tower
On 6 December at 7 p.m. it will be presented to the public at the Archivverbund Dessau (Alter Wasserturm, Heidestraße 21). Admission is free. As the number of places available is limited, registration is requested by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 0340/2041024. The event will take place in compliance with the rules of infection control then in force.
The Dessau Calendar 2023 includes the following contributions: Nikolaus Abramowitsch Putjatin in Dessau and Dresden | Großkühnau Palace – architectural research with the help of an architectural model from the Museum of City History Dessau | Berting Park or “Fliederwall” – Entree of the Wörlitz Gardens | On the 175th birthday of August Klughardt | Wiederaufbau. Rediscovery of a rare historical musical instrument | Short biographies of the Dessau theatre artists Erna Seremi, Irmgard Roloff, Emmy Prell and music director Ernst Albrecht Reinhard | Documents on the company history of the Junkerswerke:
History of Junkers Aircraft Construction Part 1: Aircraft Development 1910 to 1918 | Memories of Philipp von Doepp, Research Institute Prof. Hugo Junkers Dessau | Biography of Paul Riess, Part 3 | Oskar Jungk – From Peus Student to Dessau Ido Association Chairman | The Anhalter Metallwerke Winkler & Co. and the “Hermetisator”.
The Dessau Calendar 2023 is available at the price of 12 euros in bookshops, at the Tourist Information, in the City Archive and in many other places.
The Dessau-Roßlau municipal archive holds an extensive collection of documents, photos and eyewitness accounts of former forced labourers, including three former Belgian forced labourers. On the basis of these eyewitness interviews, with documents from these eyewitnesses, archival materials from the city archive and other archival and audiovisual sources, an approx. 58-minute documentary film entitled “Remembrance” was made. The author of the film is the documentary filmmaker Klaus D. Schwarz (among others “… und Tante Ju zog in den Krieg”). The film project was professionally accompanied by the Dessau-Roßlau City Archive, financially supported by the Saxony-Anhalt State Agency for Civic Education and the City of Dessau-Roßlau.
The premiere screening of the film “Erinnerung” will take place on Tuesday, 15 November 2022, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Gymnasium Philanthropinum, Friedrich-Naumann-Straße 2, 06844 Dessau-Roßlau. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Come with us on an exciting, informative and moving cinematic journey through time.
New web page
Our homepage is currently being revised. Unfortunately, not all the content of the old website is yet available on the new website.
However, the contents of the old site can still be accessed. You can get there via the following link: https://www.alb-dessau.de/old/
Songs against oblivion 9 November 2022
On the occasion of the commemoration of the November pogroms in 1938, the Dessau-Roßlau Municipal Archives, the “Kurt Weill” Music School, the AJZ Dessau and DIE LINKE.Stadtverband Dessau-Roßlau cordially invite you to the traditional event “Songs against Forgetting” on 9 November, at 5 pm in the Marienkirche. This year’s programme is entitled “From Dessau-Roßlau to the waiting room of death – a programme in memory of those deported to the Theresienstadt ghetto”. 80 years ago, on 18 November 1942, the Nazi persecution authorities deported seventeen mostly elderly men and women from Dessau-Roßlau to the Theresienstadt ghetto. In January 1944, another woman and a man were forced there. Of the nineteen deported to Theresienstadt, only two women survived the Shoa. All the others either succumbed to the inhumane conditions in Theresienstadt or were deported from there to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp.
Using known and newly discovered sources, the programme tells of the lives and work of those affected and the persecution to which they were subjected. In the interplay of texts, songs, pieces of music and poems, the audience can expect a performance that is intended to remember and commemorate the victims of the Shoa from our city in a special way.
The current hygiene regulations apply to the event.
Alexa Hennig von Lange reads from her new novel "Die karierten Mädchen" (The Chequered Girls)
Date: 8 November 2022Time: 19.00 p.m.Location: Marienkirche Dessau
Ticket price: 6,50 € Tickets are available at the tourist information offices in Dessau and Roßlau and at the box office.Organiser: Thalia Dessau in cooperation with Municipal Archives Dessau-Roßlau and JKS Villa Krötenhof
The reading of the book ( Original title „Die karierten Mädchen“) is in German.
It is very rare that our region forms the central location of a novel’s plot. This is the case in the recently published new novel “Die karierten Mädchen” by Alexa Hennig von Lange. For her new book, the author was inspired by her grandmother’s memoirs, which she recorded at an advanced age on more than 130 tape cassettes. The novel is the beginning of a trilogy that starts in 1929
Klara, the protagonist of the novel, gets one of the rare jobs as a home economics teacher in a children’s home in Oranienbaum in the middle of the world economic crisis. Soon the home’s economic situation comes to a head. Klara, who now runs the home, seeks the proximity of the new powers-that-be in the hope of salvation. Too late she realises with whom she has become involved.
The National Socialists turn the house into a women’s educational home. Klara is supposed to instil a love of the people and the child in her pupils instead of educating them to become independent-minded women. At the same time, under the swastika flag and the constant visits of Nazi officials, she is suddenly in danger herself, as she protects a Jewish orphan girl.
Alexa Hennig von Lange, born in 1973, became one of the most successful authors of her generation with her debut novel “Relax” (1997). Numerous other novels, short stories, plays and books for young people followed. In 2002, Alexa Hennig von Lange was awarded the German Youth Literature Prize. With her novel “Die karierten Mädchen” (The Checkered Girls), Alexa Hennig von Lange presents a novel set in a time when the National Socialists gradually subjugated all areas of society, brutality increased and freedom dwindled. She spreads this dark chapter of German history in an exciting, authentic way, with a plausible view of the social developments of the 1930s and against a concrete regional frame of reference. In which the Anhalt towns of Oranienbaum and Dessau play a major role.
Opening Klughardt Exhibition
15 October 2022 at 4 p.m., Foyer of the Anhaltisches Theater.
"A noble artist's heart has ceased to beat!" read an obituary on the front page of the Anhaltischer Staats-Anzeiger on 5 August 1902. And further: "He who gripped and thrilled our hearts with heaven-sprung tones, the lyre has now sunk from him." [...] At his bier, the whole musical world mourns, but it is loyal Anhalt that mourns most deeply for one of its best sons, whose memory will never be extinguished among us." The obituary was dedicated to the Dessau court conductor, composer and pianist Dr. August Klughardt, who had died two days earlier, on 3 August 1902.
August Klughardt was born in Köthen on 30 November 1847. His musical talent emerged early and was encouraged. After completing his musical education, he began his professional career in the summer of 1867 as Kapellmeister at the Stadttheater Posen. This was followed by engagements in Neustrelitz, Dessau, Lübeck and Weimar. From 1873 to 1882 he was a very successful court conductor in Neustrelitz, then he returned to his native Anhalt as court conductor. He led the Dessau court orchestra to new musical heights, celebrated triumphs as an opera conductor and pianist, tirelessly ensured the success of the Anhalt Music Festivals, made Dessau a Wagner stronghold and made a great name for himself as the composer of numerous, frequently performed chamber music and orchestral works. With his works, Klughardt is still present in the musical world today. A grave monument created by Emanuel Semper in Cemetery III and Klughardtstraße in Dessau-Roßlau commemorate this important composer.
On the occasion of his 175th birthday, August Klughardt is being honoured in various ways this year. These include an exhibition by the Dessau-Roßlau City Archive and the Anhalt Theatre Dessau entitled "August Klughardt (1847-1902). Composer, Conductor, Court Kapellmeister". In addition to texts and pictures on the life and work of August Klughardt, the exhibition will feature an oil painting of Klughardt created by August Seelmann, original documents from the Klughardt estate in the city archives and a historic trombone purchased by the conductor for the court orchestra. The exhibition will open in the foyer of the Anhaltisches Theater on 15 October 2022 at 4 p.m. and will be on view there until 27 November during the opening of the theatre on performance days. Marco Zabel from Neustrelitz will speak about August Klughardt at the exhibition opening. David Werner (oboe), Svetla Kambourova (viola) and Sebastian Kennerknecht (piano) will perform Klughardt's "Schilflieder".
All interested parties are cordially invited! Admission is free.