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Weimar on the Pacific: German Exile Culture in Los Angeles and the Crisis of Modernism

Ehrhard Bahr

Abstract

In the 1930s and 1940s, Los Angeles became an unlikely cultural sanctuary for a distinguished group of German artists and intellectuals—including Thomas Mann, Theodore W. Adorno, Bertolt Brecht, Fritz Lang, and Arnold Schoenberg—who had fled Nazi Germany. During their years in exile, they would produce a substantial body of major works to address the crisis of modernism that resulted from the rise of National Socialism. Weimar Germany and its culture, with its meld of eighteenth-century German classicism and twentieth-century modernism, served as a touchstone for this group of diverse talents ... More

Keywords: Los Angeles, German intellectuals, Thomas Mann, Theodore W. Adorno, Bertolt Brecht, Arnold Schoenberg, Nazi Germany, Weimar Germany, modernism, Doctor Faustus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520251281
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520251281.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ehrhard Bahr, author