Current activities


Socialism on Film: The Cold War and International Propaganda (detail of the flyer) | © Adam Matthew Digital

The film collection "Socialism on Film" comprises documentary films and motion pictures, weekly newsreels and feature films created in the states of the Eastern Bloc, but also in Spain, China, Vietnam or Cuba. It is important for studies of East and South-East Europe, since it gives insights into all aspects of life behind the Iron Curtain, thus documenting audio-visually the period from the Russian Revolution up to the end of the Cold War.

Read more
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, 1941 – 1996 | © Readex

The Daily Reports of the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) constitute a history documentation of importance for the USA, covering more than half a century (1941 – 1996). They are considered as a first-class collection of sources on decades of eventful world history.

Read more
Voennaja Mysl' – Title page of the issue of December 2017 | © East View Information Services

The journal "Voennaja Mysl'" has been published under the auspices of the Ministry of Defence since its first issue. The Chiefs of Staff are directly responsible for creating the journal. With the start of the Cold War, access to the journal became limited to generals, admirals and other high-ranking officers. For the broad public, as well as researchers from the western world, the journal became available again only after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Read more
© PantherMedia/duskbabe (YAYMicro)

With the article and review database ARTOS, the portal osmikon has been providing for a short time now a further search tool for interdisciplinary search on Eastern and South-Eastern Europe in the field of humanities. Initially accessible only via osmikon/osmikonSEARCH as one of the data sources, ARTOS has now received its own search interface and additionally provides an attractive subscription service.

Read more
Novoe Russkoe Slovo Digital Archive. Title page of the issue of 11 December 1930 | © East View Information Services

The Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies has acquired the digital archive of the "Novoe Russkoe Slovo" – the most important printed medium of Russian emigrants in the USA – with the support of the German Research Foundation. The archive comprises around 260,000 PDF pages which can be searched in full-text mode.

Read more


The newsletter of the Specialised Information Service for East, Central and Southeast European Studies enables you to stay up to date in the field of East-European studies. It contains information about interesting digital or printed source and material collections, newly licensed databases and research tools, freshly published research data, "thematic dossiers" as a "first point of access" to selected areas of content, courses, events and other relevant dates, the further development of services of the "Specialised Information Service for East, Central and Southeast European Studies" and much more.

For further information and registration for the newsletter please go to the research portal osmikon. The earlier issues of the Eastern Europe newsletter continue to be available in the archive.

All numbers of the current newsletter of the Specialised Information Service for East, Central and Southeast European Studies  (in German)

Archive of the former Eastern Europe newsletter of the Department of Eastern Europe  (in German)


Since May 2020, the Specialised Information Service for East, Central and Southeast European Studies has been posting news about their services on Twitter – in particular about books, newly licensed databases, odd finds, new services, etc. – and about everything worth knowing from the field of the relevant international book and information sciences. Follow us!

Cabinet presentations in the series "kOSTproben"

The desired content is not available in English.
Please switch to the German page. Thank you.