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Preliminary Inventory of the Wolfgang Janisch papers
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  • Title: Wolfgang Janisch papers
    Date (inclusive): 1924-2007
    Collection Number: 2000C90
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: German
    Physical Description: 21 manuscript boxes, 13 oversize boxes, 2 cubic foot boxes, 4 linear feet (19.6 linear feet)
    Abstract: Memoirs, photographic collages, other photographs, postcards, correspondence, police reports, printed matter, sound recordings, videocassettes, and memorabilia relating to political dissent and the peace movement in East Germany.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Janisch, Wolfgang, 1940-


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Wolfgang Janisch papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    Wolfgang Janisch is a German photo collage artist and peace activist. Born in Berlin in 1940, Janisch’s early years were defined by the turmoil of life in post-war occupied Berlin. Living in East Berlin, Janisch often found himself ideologically at odds with the Soviet authorities, and his views are evidenced in his large body of work. Janisch specialized in photo collage and created hundreds of posters that satirically expressed his critical view of the Soviet government.
    In addition to his work as an artist, Janisch worked for several publishing houses, including Dietz Verlag, Verlag Junge Welt, and Verlag Volk und Welt as a typesetter and designer of book jackets and cover pages. Janisch is also active in several organizations promoting the peace movement in Germany, including the Netzwerk Friedensteuer and the Mobile Friedensseminar.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Wolfgang Janisch papers consist primarily of his memoirs, photographic collages, other photographs, postcards, and correspondence related to political dissent and the peace movement in East Germany. A highlight of the Janisch papers is the significant collection of originals of his photographs, posters, and galleys of collages. The collection also includes documentation of Janisch’s persecution by the East German government through correspondence and police reports. The final theme of the papers is Janisch’s political activism in the peace movement in East Germany.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Art--Germany (East)
    Civil rights--Germany (East)
    Dissenters--Germany (East)
    Video tapes.