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Introduction: Wanderlust, Femininity, and Germanness

For most historians and sociocultural researchers dealing with archives there are moments of revelation, also of excitement when one has found a trace, and with this trace a new insight, a new perspective. This is probably most true for those researchers who are venturing into unknown territory: searching in boxes that have never been opened, reading letters and documents that have never been researched; seeing photographs and items never before observed. In these data the history of a person, of a group, or an organization is revealed and so the researcher gets to know a tiny aspect of a usually complex past.