Exhibition on Jazz Age fashion

A fashion illustration showing models wearing various party dresses.     Date: 20th June 1928

A fashion illustration showing models wearing various party dresses. Date: 20th June 1928

The Fashion & Textile Museum in London is currently showing clothing and fashion photography from the 1920s, “a glittering display of haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion from 1919 to 1929”. According to the exhibition catalogue, “women’s clothing in the 1920s reflected dizzying social change on an unprecedented scale. From Paris and London to New York and Hollywood, the decade following the Great War offered the modern woman a completely new style of dressing.”

The exhibition programme includes Charleston dance classes and a talk by Caroline Cox about “1920s Hair & Beauty”. Continue reading

Karl Schenker exhibition

csm_plakatmotiv_schenker_40642828ebThe Museum Ludwig in Cologne is hosting an exhibition of works by Karl Schenker, one of Weimar’s most famous society photographers: “Ev­ery­body who was any­body had their por­trait tak­en in his Ber­lin stu­dio on the fa­mous Kur­fürs­ten­damm.” Many thanks to Dorothy Price for drawing our attention to this fabulous show! Continue reading

Bundesarchiv builds digital Weimar archive

bildschirmfoto-2016-09-10-um-10-43-15The German Federal Archive (Bundesarchiv) is building a new portal for primary sources of the Weimar Republic. It will be accessible from 2017 under the name “Weimar – Die erste deutsche Demokratie”. You can follow the developments on a dedicated blog called “Weimar – Wege zur Demokratie“.

Trump, Clinton, and Weimar Germany

2-format43Comparisons with Hitler’s rise in the Weimar Republic have been ubiquitous during the recent nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election (see, for example, Eric Weitz‘s piece for TabletJeffrey Herf has offered the best analysis of these historical comparisons).
Recently, Jill Stein, the US Green Party’s presumptive nominee, made a different sort of link to Weimar times: she suggested that it was known “for a long time ever since Nazi Germany” that putting someone like Clinton in the White House would only “fan the flames of this right-wing extremism” embodied by Trump. Continue reading

Pamela Hutchinson on the History of Silent Film

The journalist Pamela Hutchinson is regularly writing about the  history of silent film and its stars. For her column “Silent but deadly!“, appearing fortnightly in The Guardian, she has covered Clara Bow, Lotte Reiniger, and Rudolph Valentino. She also writes for Sight&Sound and Silent London. An interesting resource for any scholars of silent cinema!

Anti-Semitism and the Press, 1918-33

f516f78b0c598526c1064601a5fb2c9a.media.200x33The University of Bremen in hosting the very interesting research project German Anti-Semitism and the Press during the Weimar Republic, 1918-1933, which ‘investigates, from a comparative and transnational perspective, the coverage of German anti-Semitism during the Weimar Republic in the international press, taking as examples Great Britain, France, Italy, Austria, and the United States’. The project website features a very comprehensive list of digitized German and international newspapers, which should make it an important post of call for anybody interested in the interwar press.

Weimar back in the News

Bildschirmfoto 2016-06-01 um 18.45.29Over the last few years, Weimar Germany has been the go-to horror scenario for journalists and scholars the world over, as a historical precedent to the 2008 financial crisis, a symbol for the situation in Greece, or an explanation for German fiscal policy.

Now, the New York Times has predicted a “Weimar moment” for the whole of the Western world, arguing that “Germany’s slide into a popular embrace of authoritarianism in the 1930s offers a frame for understanding how liberal democracies can suddenly turn toward anti-liberalism.”