The culture in Berlin between WW1 and WW2 was infamously liberal, licentious, and downright louche. Such are the tales the cultural status quo would have us entertain.
Did they go too far? The overwhelming sense of forthcoming retribution seen in the frequent theatrical revivals of Cabaret, based on Christopher Isherwood’s short novel Goodbye to Berlin, included in Berlin Stories, singularly channels the most common childhood fear of parental punishment. Paralleling the menacing rise of Nazi power in Weimar, Germany, our interest in this story seems to also rise in proportion to the societal increases in intolerant religious and political conservatism we have experienced in the United States in the past twenty years.
While the Weimar period is often considered one of the most intellectually fecund eras in human history during which science, art, philosophy, literature demonstrably burgeoned. From the same soil and on the same plot of land the more insidious bloom of Nazism emerged and brought death and destruction to a nation and the world.
Let us celebrate and re-explore the fecundity, and fight against the fascism: Buy a broadway ticket, read a book, cross-dress, or send your senator a gift certificate for an erotic massage.
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