Memorabilia from the First World War

written by Aisulu on April 1, 2011 in Europeana 1914-1918 with 3 comments

Photographs, postcards, letters, diaries, medals and sacred stories.  This is what people brought to our first roadshow in Frankfurt am Main yesterday, March 31.

Dr. Bodo Böettcher, for example, brought a small diary that captured his father’s experience of the war. In the diary, you could see where and how frequently Friedrich Böettcher’s troop had traveled. It showed that the generals lacked a clear plan, throwing their troops from one place to another, something you don’t see a lot in the literature on the First World War, Dr. Böettcher said.  Friedrich was also “crazy enough” to volunteer to go to war – first in Düsseldorf, but was rejected, then in Hannover, but was rejected again, and then in Spandau, where he was finally admitted. But it was the same “crazy” guy who burst into tears, when he heard that the Second World War broke out, because “he and his generation knew the meaning of war”, Dr. Böettcher added.

If you also have something to contribute about the First World War, we’ll be happy to welcome you at our upcoming roadshows, or see your contributions directly uploaded to the website –

The next public digitisation roadshows are in

-Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – PK – 2  April, 10-17 hours

-Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München – 6 April, 10-20 hours

-Württembergische Landesbibliothek/Bibliothek fur Zeitgeschichte, Stuttgart – 12 April, 10-20 hours.