Our special library provides documentation and research into the specific consequences of torture, persecution and extreme traumatization.

Since the foundation of the Center ÜBERLEBEN, the librarian has set up a comprehensive collection.

With over 35 000 documents and media it is the only library of its kind in Germany on the subject of emotional trauma and torture. The library catalogue encompasses over 28.700 data sets. Additionally we subscribe to about 100 journals.

Along with books, reports and journals we also collect, prepare, and make accessible congress materials and audio and film recordings on the following subjects:

  • diagnostics and treatment for torture and emotional trauma
  • intercultural psychotherapy and psychiatry
  • Holocaust survivors, Gulag survivors, persons persecuted by the East German Secret Police (Stasi)
  • and other victims of totalitarian regimes and human rights violations.

External users are able to access the reference collection on request, or we can recommend suitable titles.

Subscribe to the new acquisitions list

directly by e-mail via this link.

Catalogue & additional Resources

Direct access to our online catalogue:

Access to our library catalogue and portal:


Tel.: +49 (030) 30 39 06 -83


Head of department

Daniela Lehmann

Opening Hours

By appointment only.

Further information

Leaflet of the Library (EN)

New Acquisitions

Benutzungsordnung (DE)