Geographic Maps

This section highlights the locations that were central to Lili Elbe’s life and journey. We have used digital tools such as Recogito and StoryMapJS to depict the key moments in time and space for Lili as presented in the narrative. Additionally, we have featured on this page historic geographic maps of cities central to Lili Elbe’s life and narrative: Dresden, Paris, Berlin, and Copenhagen.


Screenshot of the "Lili Elbe's Journey" StoryMap.

This StoryMap, made possible by KnightLab’s open-source StoryMapJS tool, goes through Lili’s travels in the form of a narrative. Move with Lili throughout Europe as you interact with historical maps, a contemporary map, and other key photographs and resources that illustrate Lili’s travels.

Annotated Map

Screenshot of the Annotated Map.

While the StoryMap is used to create a narrative experience of Lili’s travels, this map is used to annotate the locations in the text where Lili traveled throughout the narrative. Using Recogito, an annotation tool created by the Pelagios network, you can see the countries, cities, and landmarks that Lili encountered. By annotating words in the text (such as “Elbe”), this tool allowed us to create a connection between the places in the narrative and a world map. There are two options for accessing this connection. Through the Map View, you can click on the green location points and see where the place is referenced in the text. Another option is looking through the Document View, finding the green place tags, and seeing where they show up on the map. As you will notice, there are some places that have not been tagged. These places will be featured in a separate map showing the places that Lili referenced but did not necessarily travel through. As of 2023, we would like to note that some places might be tagged but not have a location on the map as we wait for updates to Recogito’s gazeteers.

Historic Maps

Zoomed in image of a historic map of Copenhagen.
Map of Copenhagen. Kraatz, Leopold, and Albert Goldschmidt. Kopenhagen und Umgebung. Kleine Ausgabe. Berlin: Albert Goldschmidt, 1909. Print.
Image of a historic map of Denmark.
National map of Denmark. Hæren (Royal Danish Army). “Generalstabens kort Danmark i 1 :320000 :omfattende hele kongeriget.” Kjøbenhavn: Generalstabens topografiske afdeling 1920, Print.
Image of a historic map of Paris, with the arrondissements coordinated and separated by color.
Map of Paris featuring color-coded precincts. Guilmin, L., and F. Champenois. “Plan de Paris Métropolitain et Nord-Sud.” Paris: L. Guilmin, éditeur, Bould. Voltaire, 1920. Print.
Image of a historic map of Berlin.
Detailed map of Berlin with the guidebook "Berlin and Potsdam" to it's left. Kraatz, Leopold. Berlin and Potsdam. 8th edition. Berlin: Grieben-Verlag, 1936. Print.
Image of a historic map of Dresden.
Railway plan of Dresden. Bradshaw, George. “Plans of the Most Important Cities and Towns of Continental Europe: Accompanying the Special Edition of Bradshaw’s Continental Railway, Steam Transit Guide and General Handbook.” London: Publisher not identified. 1911, Print.