Tag Archives: History of the Everyday

Cabaret Berlin blog

cabaret-berlin-bannerBrendan Nash runs an interesting blog ‘exploring the entertainment of the Weimar era’, covering topics like the 1920s roots of David Bowie’s famed Dschungel on Berlin’s Nürnberger Strasse or the history of the Titania-Palast, Weimar Berlin’s grandest cinema. He also organises walking tours ‘through the Schöneberg of the late 1920s as seen by Christopher Isherwood’.


Virtual Tour of 1920s Berlin

einspaltig-katalogcoverThe exhibition Berlin Transit on Jewish migrants from Eastern Europe in the 1920s at the Jüdisches Museum is (sadly) over already, but its website is still a great resource. Among other things, it offers a virtual tour of important places of Jewish life in 1920s Berlin.

Off Topic: East Berlin 1990

Bildschirmfoto 2012-12-15 um 10.02.31This documentary about everyday life in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district shortly after the fall of the Wall is an incredibly useful resource for teaching German history. It’s available for free online and can also be downloaded.

It’s set nearly 60 years after the Weimar Republic, but maybe some members of the WSN might find it useful.

German Digital Library online

The beta version of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek goes live today. Financed by the Federal Government, by the states and by local authorities, the DDB offers ‘everyone unrestricted access to Germany’s cultural and scientific heritage, that is, access to millions of books, archived items, images, sculptures, pieces of music and other sound documents, as well as films and scores, from all over Germany.’

German History in Documents and Images

German History in Documents and Images (GHDI) is a comprehensive collection of primary source material documenting Germany’s political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present, created by the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. in cooperation with the Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, and IEG-MAPS (Institute for European History, Mainz). It comprises original German texts, all of which are accompanied by new English translations, and a wide range of visual imagery, including maps.

The section on Weimar Germany has been curated by Eric Weitz and Eric Roubinek and is divided into 14 categories, including Politics, Economics and Society, Architecture and Urban Life and Bodies and Sex. Featured documents include the Stinnes-Legien Agreement of 1918, Walter Gropius’ Program of the State Bauhaus in Weimar (1919), data on regional secondary school enrollment (1911, 1926/27, and 1938) and George Grosz’s painting ‘Pillars of Society’ (1926).

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Club life in Britain and Germany

Clubs and associations have played an important role in both German and British society. The new study Or­gan­is­ierte Gesel­ligkeit. Deutsche und brit­ische Ver­eine im 19. und 20. Jahrhun­dert compares their historical development in both countries over the last two centuries and includes an extensive chapter on the interwar years.

>>> Review (in German)