Author Anna Seghers lived in a non-descript apartment building in the southern Berlin district of Adlershof for the almost three decades from 1955 to her death in 1983. In this apartment – located on Volkswohlstraße 81, today's Anna-Seghers-Straße – Seghers found a place where she could live according to her own ideas: this meant, first and foremost, the ability to work without being disturbed.
The Anna Seghers Museum (Anna-Seghers-Museum) has been open to the public since 1985. Almost everything in the apartment has been left unchanged. In the living and work room, visitors can view Segher's extensive library, which contains roughly 10,000 editions and many old and rare books. Most of them contain the bookplate of Netty Reiling, which was Anna Seghers' maiden name.
The apartment is furnished in a simple style with furniture from the early 1950s, simple wooden tables, a seating area and a tiled coal furnace with a bench. On the writing table in the office, visitors can view the Remington typewriter Seghers brought back with her to Germany from exile in Mexico.
In the room of Lásló Radványi, Anna Seghers’ husband, visitors will find a collection of first editions of her work, as well as a comprehensive collection of German and foreign-language editions. There is also a small permanent exhibition covering the life and work of Anna Seghers.
The Anna Seghers Museum (formerly named Anna Seghers Memorial, Anna-Seghers-Gedenkstätte) is an institution operated by the Berlin Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste).