Simplicissimus was the most prominent German political-satirical weekly journal. It was founded in 1896 and ran until 1944 (there were some later attempts to publish it again but these were not very successful). This website provides access to the digitized issues of this journal.

The issues can be browsed chronologically. In addition, a thesaurus for people, places, institutions, events, and subjects is available. Basic search in the thesaurus is possible.

Issues are shown in high definition (zoom options are available), and can be downloaded in PDF format.

This website is part of a larger project that aims to provide access to the most important political-satirical journals of the 20th century in Germany. Jugend (see also EHPS entry here) and Der Wahre Jacob (see also EHPS entry here) are also part of this project. All three of these journals were founded in the time of the German Empire and lived throughout the years of the Weimar Republic.

Partners of this project are the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek, the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, and the Institut für Germanistische und Allgemeine Literaturwissenschaft and the Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Deutsch-jüdische Literaturgeschichte, both at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen. The project was largely funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

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