In 1886, Carl Benz submitted the patent for his motor car at the Imperial Patent Office in Berlin. This invention is considered to be the birth of the automobile. It has changed and formed individual mobility worldwide to this day. UNESCO is keeping a record of this symbol of mobile society by its admission of the Benz Patent into UNESCO’s “Memory of the World” International Documentary Heritage Register.
The UNESCO world documentary heritage program, “Memory of the World,” is a working program with the help of which it is planned to create a worldwide digital network of selected outstanding documents. They include valuable stocks of books, manuscripts, scores, and other unique items, documentary photos, films and sound recordings, as well as documents bearing testimony to decisive cultural, political and technical events. Some 100 UNESCO member states work together in the program, launched in 1992. The aim is to ensure free access to culturally and historically important documents and preserve the documentary heritage from destruction and oblivion.