re: Who's Who


Arnold Dreyblatt - "Who's Who in Central & East Europe 1933"

In association with the Kulturinformatik Department of the University of Lüneburg, Germany; Martin Warnke, Director. Programming by Paul Siegert

For 16 hours over 4 days the "Memory Arena" will process 700 invited representatives of greater Copenhagen who will read documents created out of the book: "Who's Who in Central & East Europe 1933".

"Who's Who in Central & East Europe 1933" is a Biographical Dictionary containing about 10,000 authentic biographies of ecclesiastics, diplomats, civil servants, technicians, educators, military personnel, industrialists, journalists, painters, sculptors, authors, etc., from Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia , Danzig, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Turkey, and Yugoslavia..."

In 1985, Arnold Dreyblatt found a copy of "Who's Who in Central & East Europe" in a used book store near the Galanta Tower in Istanbul. It was published in 1935 (current through 1934) in the English language along with an accompanying volume entitled, "Handbook of Central & East Europe". A revised version (1935-36) with an additional one hundred biographies was published in 1937. These editions were the first and last biographical dictionaries to be published concerning this region exclusively until "Who's Who in the Socialist Countries of Europe" was published in 1989.

Thousands of fragments of individual lifelines have been accessed, reconstructed and linked in a live "navigational reading" through this labyrinth of information, following various threads and cross-references that emerge out of deliberate or spontaneous associations.

This material will be made available locally within the "Who's Who" and "Memory Arena" On-Site Hypertext Installation.


next page: Reading Room
first page: Home