The Erich Maria Remarque Peace Center

He was an Osnabrücker. And his birthplace left traces in the works of Erich Maria Remarque. Anyone who wants to find out, for example, whether the settings from the "Black Obelisk" still exist today should pay a visit to the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Center. Located in the heart of Osnabrück's old town, between the city library, city hall and St. Mary's Church, the center is dedicated to the internationally renowned writer. His books have been translated into more than 65 languages and still find an audience of millions worldwide.

In an extensive permanent exhibition, visitors learn details of the life and work of the "militant pacifist." Under the title "Independence - Tolerance - Humor", photographs, documents and manuscripts are used to take a look at a man who achieved worldwide fame with his anti-war novel "Nothing New in the West". In Nazi Germany, however, his work was subject to censorship. His books were also burned in 1933 and he himself was threatened with persecution on political grounds. Therefore, he left his homeland, lived in other European countries, and eventually went to the United States. The exhibition attempts to highlight the fractures, contradictions and controversies in Remarque's life and to emphasize their productivity for his work. Numerous originals, such as the death mask or Remarque's original desk, complement the presentation.

In addition, the center's foyer regularly hosts special exhibitions that focus on war and peace, resistance, persecution and emigration, as well as their portrayal in the media.

The Erich Maria Remarque Peace Center is also a place of scholarship. It houses the world's largest Remarque archive. Whether schoolchildren, students or historians, anyone researching the writer is welcome here.

Erich Maria Remarque Peace Centre

Exhibitions (permanent and special exhibitions):
Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
Public holidays: please refer to the press
Free admission (except for individual events)
Guided tours are also possible outside opening hours by appointment.

Erich Maria Remarque Archive:

Tuesday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to noon and 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
Appointments outside these hours are also possible by arrangement (e.g. for larger research projects).

Head: PD Dr. Thomas F. Schneider, e-mail:
Acting director: Dr. Sven Jürgensen, 0541 323-4535, e-mail:
Exhibition/Info: 0541 323-3292
Guided tours: Martin Siemsen, 0541 323-2109, e-mail:
Archive/Workshops: Claudia Junk, 0541 969-2440, e-mail:, Alice Cadeddu, 0541 969-2430, e-mail:


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