The Project

Since January 2016, Breslau as the European Capital of Culture has been at a special focus on European cultural politics, European public and the media. In light of this prestigious event, cultural and scientific institutions from Germany, Poland, and Slovakia have teamed up under the leadership of the “Digitales Forum Mittel- und Osteuropa e.V.” (DiFMOE, Munich), to make a special cultural treasure accessible to a historically interested audience. The rich and very diverse past of the city in its written and picture sources is now available at any time, free of charge and from anywhere. This was made possible by digitising an attractive selection of cultural assets produced in or referring to Breslau in writing and pictures. The period of focus goes from the 16th century to the first half of the 20th century.


The selected titles, documents and pictures primarily are those printed in Breslau. Visitors will find periodicals, especially journals, address books, annual reports from the many associations and societies in Breslau, as well as a comprehensive inventory of statistical yearbooks from Breslau, monographs and multi-volume writings: Scientific literature, school and text books, religious literature, many different kinds of fiction and lots of other material. Works on the history of the city of Breslau and the history and population of Lower Silesia and Silesia in general are of special interest and available aplenty.
Two special collections also deserve special mention: Silesian and Breslau “Edicts and Orders” with many rarities from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and historical “everyday documents”, especially from the city’s daily economic life.
An inventory of about 500 digitised postcards gives the viewer an impression of historical Breslau with its streets, squares, buildings and residents. The texts and pictures can be assigned to their locations in a large collection of old maps of the city and area.


After the Cassovia Digitalis, Riga Digitalis and Pilsna Digitalis, the Wratislavia Digitalis is the fourth Capital of Culture project of the Digitales Forum Mittel- und Osteuropa (DiFMOE).