The German National Library (DNB) has noted with horror and bewilderment the actions of Putin’s Russia in Ukraine. As a national library, we maintain professional dialogue with colleagues in many cultural institutions around the world. Director General Frank Scholze who is also the current Chair of CENL has sent a message to the Director of the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine. In his message, he assures the Director and her colleagues of the DNB’s solidarity and makes an offer of help.
In response to the appeal of Minister of State for Culture and Media Claudia Roth, whose words have been adapted for the title of this text, we have been searching our collections for Ukrainian traces. And found quite a few: the DNB’s catalogue lists more than 3.400 titles which were either written in Ukrainian or translated from Ukrainian. A reading and conversation are to take place at the German National Library in Leipzig on Friday, 18th March 2022: “A Formality in Kiev” with Dmitrij Kapitelman. It goes without saying that we have also found Russian and Belarusian traces.
We hope that the state of war will end very soon and that people will be able to live and work together in peace, freedom and democracy.
Collection of Links with useful information assembled by German Cultural Council/Deutscher Kulturrrat: http://www.kulturrat.de/ukraine/ (in German)