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19. Treffen des Ideengeschichtlichen Arbeitskreises

Konservatismus in Deutschland – Eine tragische Geschichte?

In der Reihe, in der wir über die Grundlagen der Christlichen Demokratie diskutieren, sprach apl. Prof. Dr. Matthias Oppermann über die CDU und die Geschichte des Konservatismus.
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30 November 2023, 7 pm in Berlin

Adenauer's mockers and their heirs - The daily business of political cartoonists then and now

To mark the publication of the new caricature book, expert and co-author Walther Fekl discusses with caricaturists Klaus Stuttmann and Karl-Heinz Schoenfeld.
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75. Geburtstag

"Demokratie braucht Demokraten!"

Norbert Lammert steht seit 2018 an der Spitze der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Ein Herzensanliegen ist ihm der Appell an die Bürger, sich für Freiheit und Demokratie zu engagieren.
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Neue Dimension der Judenverfolgung vor 85 Jahren

Die Novemberpogrome 1938 im Deutschen Reich

In der Nacht vom 9. zum 10. November 1938 trat das ungeheure Potenzial an Hass zutage, mit dem das NS-Regime und Teile der Bevölkerung den Jüdinnen und Juden den Krieg erklärten.
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7. - 10. November 2023 an der KADOC-KU Leuven

CIVITAS Academy 2023

Wir stellen Ihnen die Teilnehmer und Forschungsthemen der diesjährigen CIVITAS Academy vor. Zu ausgewählten Themen stellt das ACDP Übersichten zu relevanten Archivbeständen bereit.
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Attack on Israel

History as a trap

After the Holocaust, Germans and Jews switched positions. Today, "coming to terms" with the past separates victims and perpetrators.
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Lesesaal des Archivs für Christlich-Demokratische Politik

Der Lesesaal ist geöffnet. Öffnungszeiten und weitere Hinweise können Sie der Benutzerinformation entnehmen.
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Archive of Christian-Democratic Policy (ACDP)


The ACDP collects, catalogs, and preserves archival material pertaining to Christian Democracy. Its focus lies on providing a high degree of accessibility to users. The archive’s tasks further entail conducting scholarly research as well as publishing pertaining results - both in print and online. In doing so it is also significantly contributing to academic discourse. The ACDP consists of five departments: the Records Archive, the Press Archive, the Media Archive, Publications/Library, and Contemporary History which together form the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s dedicated competence center for deepening and furthering historical and political awareness. In order to meet this aim the ACDP additionally organizes numerous exhibitions and conferences.


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The Records Archive


comprises written records which total over 17,000 meters of files. They focus on

  • the CDU, its committees, and its organizations on local, state, and federal levels,
  • the CDU/CSU parliamentary group of the Bundestag and the respective CDU parliamentary groups of the Landtage as well as in municipal councils,
  • personal papers of the CDU’s leading representatives,
  • the CDUD in the former Soviet Occupation Zone / German Democratic Republic
  • the European and international confederations of Christian Democratic parties,
  • the records of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

The Media Archive

comprises the photographic collection which contains approximately 300,000 negatives and prints focusing on

  • portraits of the CDU’s representatives,
  • the CDU’s conventions and congresses,
  • events organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation,
  • important historical events, the audiovisual collection which contains
  • more than 1,400 films,
  • more than 12,000 audio recordings,
  • historically important television and radio programs broadcast in the past three decades, and the poster collection which contains more than 22,000 objects, making it one of Germany’s prime repositories for political campaign posters.

The Press Archive

is responsible for providing a comprehensive view on current events in Germany and worldwide as well as for tracing the respective positions different newspapers assume when covering them. Its focus lies on

  • the evolution of political parties,
  • elections on local, state, federal, and European levels,
  • domestic, social, and economic policies, education, arts, sciences, and culture, churches and religious organizations, trade unions and pressure groups,
  • foreign and European policies.

For over three decades the Press Archive has been collecting and analyzing more than 40 daily and weekly newspapers, political magazines, and press releases published by parties and organizations. Articles published after 1993 can be easily searched for in the Press Archive’s data base.


The Digital Archive

is responsible for mirroring and thus permanently preserving websites of the CDU and its representatives. To secure this distinct category of historical testimonies for the future, the newly created software tool “Offline Web Archive” is being applied.


The Internet Portals

  • History of the CDU (,
  • Konrad Adenauer 1876–1967 (,
  • Helmut Kohl (

offer extensive biographical data, background information, and interactive timelines and calendars outlining important Christian Democratic figures and historical events. They also contain a substantial and diverse selection of digitized primary sources (speeches, protocols, schedules, audio files, and videos).



focusing on single aspects or time periods of the Christian Democratic movement make history vivid and tangible.


Scientific Publications

are being regularly released in two book series:

  • The “Historisch-Politische Mitteilungen”, an academic journal published once a year, providing essays and contributions to historical aspects of Christian Democracy and the history of the CDU,
  • “Forschungen und Quellen zur Zeitgeschichte”, whose more than 60 volumes contain monographic studies and scholarly editions of sources (e.g. minutes, diaries, or written records) focusing on the idea of Christian Democracy, the CDU, and biographies of its leading representatives.

The Library

ranks as the most important academic collection of books covering the history of Christian Democracy in Germany and Europe. It focuses especially on publications on the CDU from 1945 until today. More than 180,000 books and 400 current periodicals on politics, history, economy, the law, theology, and culture are available, with an online catalogue allowing for sophisticated queries based on metadata such as biographic indices, subject headings, and keywords. All resources are available in the library’s reading room.

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Media library

Recording from May 2, 2023 at Pfefferberg Haus in Berlin
Russia’s War Against Ukraine: A Deep Dive with Harvard Professor Serhii Plokhii
In this video, Serhii Plokhii analyzes the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine from the historical perspective.
Freiheit, Solidarität, Gerechtigkeit - 75 Jahre CDU (2020)
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Deine Stimme für Europa! Die Wahlen zum Europäischen Parlament (2019)
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Einheit nur in Freiheit – Konrad Adenauer und die deutsche Frage (2017)
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Konrad Adenauer und die Europäische Integration (2013)
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Current publications

Buchcover „Adenauer-Karikaturen von Wilhelm Hartung“
Adenauer-Karikaturen von Wilhelm Hartung
hrsg. von der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e. V., bearb. von Matthias Krüger
Konservatismus in Deutschland – Eine tragische Geschichte?
19. Treffen des Ideengeschichtlichen Arbeitskreises
Auf dem Podium saßen Dr. Simon Strauß, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Omid Nouripour MdB und Prof. Dr. Susanne Schröter (v.l.n.r.) KAS/Marie-Lisa Noltenius
„Die Mitte muss sich als Vermittler behaupten“
Podiumsdiskussion über Ursachen für und Wege aus der Polarisierung
Tag der KAS 2023 - Abendveranstaltung Blick in den Saal KAS
The coexistence of generations is the foundation of our democracy
KAS Day 2023
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Huber, EKD-Ratsvorsitzender a.D. KAS/Christiane Stahr
„Widerstand aus christlicher Überzeugung“: Dietrich Bonhoeffer und die Bekennende Kirche
Forum 20. Juli 1944: EKD-Ratsvorsitzender a.D. Wolfgang Huber sprach über die evangelische Kirche in der NS-Zeit sowie den widerständigen Theologen Dietrich Bonhoeffer
25 Jahre Akademie der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung: Vom Entwurf bis zum fertigen Gebäude Links: Modell 1991, ACDP 12-001-0068/1; Mitte: Architektenskizze 1996, ACDP 12-001-1129/2; Rechts: Gebäude 2021, KAS/Juliane Liebers
„Feine Schachtel“ oder „Sushi-Box“: Eröffnung der Berliner Akademie vor 25 Jahren
Matthias Zimmer Olaf Kosinsky über
„Nur eines ist sicher: Meinen Mund werde ich nicht halten!“
Nachruf auf Matthias Zimmer
Kommunalwahlplakat NRW, 1946 Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
Christliche Demokratie – vom Glaubensbekenntnis zum politischen Programm?
Prof. Dr. Serhii Plokhii bei der Vorstellung seiner Kernthesen bei der Veranstaltung KAS/Wadim Lisovenko
Russia’s War Against Ukraine: A Conversation With Serhii Plokhii
Bericht zur Veranstaltung am 2. Mai 2023
US-Infantristen der 7. U.S. Army marschieren nach der Eroberung der Stadt durch das zerstörte München, begrüßt von der Bevölkerung mit weißer Fahne. dpa - Fotoreport
Tag der Befreiung
Das Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs in Europa

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