Leipziger Strasse 4, Berlin. The German Reichstag in 1889 in the photographs of Julius Braatz

In January 2020 the Deutsches Historisches Museum received an offer to purchase a very special portfolio of photographs . It came from the holdings of the Bismarck family and contained a collection of photos of the old Reichstag – the building and people – that was already known under the name “The German Reichstag and its Home” and is now an important object in the photo collection of the DHM. In this DHM blog, Juliane Hähnlein, research volunteer at our museum until October 2020, and Carola Jüllig, head of the photo collection, focus their attention on the Bismarck family album and on a little-known aspect of German history.