Preliminary Inventory of the Wolfgang Janisch papers

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff
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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.
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Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.


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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.

Boxes 1-5

Biographical file, 1924-2000


Memoirs: Ein Glas voll bunter Scherben

Box 1

First manuscript


Second manuscript

Box 2

Third manuscript


Final manuscript


Documents related to his memoirs

Box 3

Short stories and poems


Short stories: Manuscript, 1998


Short stories: Opa’s kurze Geschichten, 1998


Poems: Manuscript, 1956-2000


Poems: Final manuscript: Opa’s poetische Erguesse, 2000

Box 4

Personal documents


Passports, membership passes of FDGB




Photocopies: Family and friends


Photocopies: Himself and his cats


Documents: Klaus Janisch: Occupation at theatre, 1958-1974


Correspondence: Klaus Janisch: Hospitalization, 1957-1983


Correspondence with medical authorities, 1977-1979


Documents: Klaus Janisch: Financial support, 1981-1984


Documents: Klaus Janisch: Drawings, 1980


Letters: Condolences: Walter Janisch, 1966


Letters: Condolences: Margarete Janisch, 1979


Receipts: Funeral home, 1966-1985


Correspondence: Klaus Janisch, Margarete Janisch, 1960-1971


Documents: Margarete Janisch, 1966-1979


Documents: Walter Janisch, 1924-1936


Family documents, miscellaneous


Correspondence: Helmut Gubitz, 1999-2000


Letters: Janisch to mother during military service, 1974-1975


Letters: Emma Wolf to Margarete Janisch, 1935-1960


Letters: Hermann Wolf, 1934-1944


Letters: Paul Wolf, 1941-1944


Letters: Miscellaneous


Documents: Miscellaneous


Pins and medals

Box 5

Books related to his childhood


Der junge Naturforscher II (gift from his parents, 1952), 1952


Der junge Naturforscher III, 1954


Der junge Naturforscher IV, 1956


Slides showing his family and friends

Boxes 6-8

Work at state-run East German publishing houses, 1961-1996

Box 6



Documents: Dietz-Verlag, 1961-1996


Certificates: Dietz-Verlag, 1964-1983


Dietz Verlag: Photographs of exhibition


Magazines: Simplidietzimus, in-house production of Dietz-Verlag


Books: Typography or cover art designed by Janisch


Deformierte Vergesellschaftung: Zur Soziologie des staatsmonopolistischen Kapitalismus der BRD. Akademie Verlag, Berlin, 1982


Das Haus am Laerchen Wald, two volumes, Jiří Křenek


Wahrhaftige Geschichten. Montesquieu


Artgerechte Jugendhaltung: Ideen zur selbständigen evangelischen Jugendarbeit in der Gemeinde. Timona-Verlag, Bochum, 1992


Buch Club 65, Heft 1. Berlin, 1977


Konrad’s Traktor. Kahlau, Heinz; Platzer Rudolf. Verlag Junge Welt, Berlin, 1974


Die grosse Initiative, V. I. Lenin. Berlin: Dietz Verlag, 1970


Lebendige Hoffnung, Evangelische Haupt-Bibelgesellschaft, Berlin, 1984

Box 7

Die grosse Wende in einer kleinen Stadt. Becker, Franz. Dietz-Verlag, Berlin, 1969


Anorganische Festköperreaktionen. Engels, Siegfried. Akademie-Verlag, Berlin, 1986, 1989


Surface Waves and Discontinuities. Malischewsky, Peter. Akademie-Verlag, Berlin, 1984


10 sowjetdeutsche Erzähler. Verlag Volk und Welt, Berlin, 1982


Die Dolmetscherin. Gergely, Agnes


Litauische Poesie aus zwei Jahrhunderten. Verlag Volk und Welt, Berlin, 1983


Illustrierte Geschichte der deutschen frühbuergerlichen Revolution. Dietz-Verlag, Berlin, 1974


Internationale Buch-Ausstellung (iba), two volumes. Leipzig, 1971


Psychologie in unserem Leben

Box 8

A series of books honoring the best designed books of each year

Scope and Contents note

Janisch is included in many of these volumes.

Die schönsten Bücher der DDR, 13 volumes, 1964-1983

Box 9

Work at the museum, 1995-2001


Photographs: Work at museum


Work at museum: Letters, clippings, copies of guestbook, 1995-2001

Boxes 9-20

Political art, 1971-2003

Box 9

Collage: "Spielball"


Collage: "Wie man uns gerne hätte”


Collage: "Lebensfrohe, glückliche Leibeigene-unser Ziel"


Collage: "Die Deutschen Revolutionen"


Collage: "Golfregion"


Collage: "Den Opfern der Gewalt"


Collage: "Frieden ist möglich"


Collage: "Der grosse Kurfürst"


Collage: "Hurra! Gorbatschow fällt auf die Nase"


Collage: "Unmündig"


Collage: "Abteilungsleiter"


Collage: "Alles zum Wohle des Volkes"


Collage: "Nur Hammel laufen in der Herde"


Four untitled collages


Postcards designed by Janisch, 1971-1998


Rewards for collages, 1984-1998


Photocopies of collages, 1981-1989


Collages removed from exhibitions or prohibited, 1980-1989


Signets designed by Janisch, two offset plates used in production of two of Janisch’s posters


Newspaper clippings showing Janisch's collages, 1987-1991



Box 10

Color posters, 92 images, 1983-1995

Box 11

96 color posters and galley proofs, 1996-2000

Box 12

One galley proof of poster, "Ich will nicht so enden," undated

Box 13

15 galley proofs of political posters, 1980s

Box 14

16 posters and 11 galley proofs

Box 15

30 galley proofs of posters

Box 16

37 galley proofs of posters

Box 17

84 posters about environmental concerns, peace, critique of consumer culture, militarism and German past in general, 1980s

Box 18

25 files, matted prints of animals, abstract images, galley prints

Box 19

Newspapers from Germany, Netherlands, Denmark and England, 1966-1996

Box 20

Exhibition and related documents


List of exhibitions and collages donated


Correspondence: Exhibitions and related documents, 1982-1994


Clippings and related documents, 1995-1999


Invitations to exhibitions


Exhibitions in Netherlands: Documents, photographs, letters, 1984-2001


Exhibitions in Austria, Denmark, Canada: Clippings and related documents, 1987-2001


Photos of exhibitions


Janisch’s involvement in art organizations and events


Exhibition: "Fotomontage als Kunstprinzip" and related documents


Documents: "Künstlergruppe Blauer Reiter Leipzig," 1989-1995


Postcards: "Bienale" in Mons (Belgium) and other artists, 1989-1995

Boxes 21-24

Political activities, 1981-2003

Box 21

Stasi and organizations for victims


Brochure: Abkürzungsverzeichnis/Häufig verwendete Abkürzungen und Begriffe des Ministeriums für Staatssicherheit. Berlin, 1996


Bruchure: Das Arbeitsgebiet in der Kriminalpolizei/Aufgaben, Strukturen und Verhältnis zum Ministerium für Staatssicherheit. Berlin, 1994


Correspondence: Buergerbuero, "Gesprächskreis politisch Verfolgter" and related documents, 1998-2001


Brochures: Torture victims, reports


Copies: Excerpts from Janisch’s Stasi files, 1986-1989


Newspapers: Stasi enlightenment, 1990-1991


Clippings, 1992-2002


Exhibition about the Stasi: Announcements and clippings, 1999-2001


Correspondence with German government, 2001


Involvement in peace organizations and related projects

Box 22

Magazines and brochures about peace movements


Documents: "9th International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns," 2002 September


Documents: "Netzwerk Friedenssteuer," 1999-2003


Documents: "Das mobile Friedensseminar," 1981-2001


Documents: Anti-war movements, 2001-2002


Newsletter: "Conscience of Canada," 2000-2002


Newspapers: War on Iraq, 2002


Correspondence and publications of German parties and clippings about Iraqi War, 2001


Propaganda against war on Iraq, 2003

Box 23

Book: Living Non-Violence: Ghandi in Action. Bharadwaj, A. B.; Delhi, 1988


Brochures: Friedensmuseum der Evangelischen Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg: Seinen Ort finden, Ende und Anfang, 1997-1998


Brochure: Dem Frieden eine Chance geben!


Brochure: 10 Jahre nach der Revolution in der DDR/ Aufbruch 89. 3 issues, 1999-2000


Brochure: Für eine Zukunft in Solidarität und Gerechtigkeit. Kirchenamt der Evangelischen Kirche, 1997


Correspondence and material about exhibition: “Zur Kultur des Friedens,” 2000


Book: Frieden...zur Kultur des Frieden, Eisenstadt, 2000

Box 24

Material related to political work


Invitations and documents: Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung; August-Bebel-Institut, 2000-2001


Brochure: Gewaltfrei für Demokratie, 2000


Fremd im eigenen Haus. Rainer Eppelmann, with mentions of Janisch in text and Janisch’s annotations, 1993


Zu seinem Wort stehen. Friedrich Schorlemmer, 1994

Scope and Contents note

Memoirs of East German pastor, with copy of Janisch’s letter to him after publication.

Help-Report: "Fakten über drei Diktaturen" (HELP, e.V.), 1999

Scope and Contents note

Uses images of Janisch’s posters.

Verfassungen der DDR, 1990


Vom Grundgesetz zur Deutschen Verfassung, 1991

Box 24

Material revealing the time of the GDR, 1955-2002


Atlas, 1955


GDR-jokes, 2000


Letter to the German “Bundestagspraesident,” 1991


Clippings and related documents, 1990-2002


Miscellaneous documents


Videocassettes, sound cassettes, and disks

Boxes 25-36

Incremental material, 1940-2007

Boxes 25-28

Photography developing equipment, 1980s, undated


Praktika Nova camera, 1960s


Mienolta AF-EII camera, 1980s

Box 29

Framed painting given to Janisch's parents by a Russian prisoner of war in thanks for their help, 1943


Photography developing equipment, 1980s, undated

Box 30

Biographical documents, 1940-2005


Berlin Castle reconstruction printed matter, 2003-2005


Russian textbooks, 1947-1951


Peace activism printed matter, 2002-2005

Box 31

Volk und Welt photographs, 1976


Netzwerk Friedenssteuer printed matter, 1987-2006

Box 32

Album of postcard reproductions of posters by Josef Huber, 1980s-1990s

Box 33

Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands correspondence and newspaper clippings, 1993-2006


Deutsche Demokratische Republik reparations correspondence and newspaper clippings, 1993-2006


Personal correspondence and photographs, 1993-2005


Photographs of posters, 1977-1993, undated

Box 34

Berlin Castle reconstruction printed matter, 1998-2006

Box 35

Berlin Castle reconstruction printed matter, 1998-2007


Netzwerk Friedenssteuer printed matter, 2007

Box 36

Political questionnaires, 1996, 2003


Correspondence related to Janisch's artwork with various publishers, museums, and archives, circa 1980-2000

On shelf

Meopta Axomat 4 enlarging apparatus

On shelf

"Vorwärts immer Rückwärts," art object, 1990s