About This Online Platform

»Poetic Textures: Else Lasker-Schüler Archives. An Online Platform« is a joint initiative of the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach (DLA) and the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem (NLI). The project marks both the occasion of Else Lasker-Schüler’s 150th birthday and the digitization of her materials in the archives. By showing exemplary pieces by Else Lasker-Schüler that are kept in Jerusalem and Marbach, the platform constitutes a tool to virtually connect dispersed archives under umbrella projects like Global Archives. Thanks to its virtual character the platform is also expandable and further exemplary objects and accompanying texts may be added by the archives.
Visitors to this online platform are invited to browse among the unique digitized materials: to view handwritten letters, manuscripts of poems and fragments, as well drawings and collages, and to read accompanying texts on chosen items authored by Lasker-Schüler experts. Visitors can also delve into the fragmentary transmission histories of the Lasker-Schüler archives in Jerusalem and Marbach. The different themes of the platform mark ways of orientation within Else Lasker-Schüler’s oeuvre, and at the same time allow users to transgress these categories and to follow their own routes.


Start with the introduction to learn how the online platform brings together select materials from Jerusalem and Marbach and offers a unique insight into Else Lasker-Schüler’s literary and artistic legacy.

Archival Materials

Browse the archival materials, including drawings, manuscripts, and letters, and read expert commentaries on select objects.