Exiled to the USA during the Nazi regime, the German Nobel-prizewinning writer Thomas Mann was a powerful opponent of National Socialism and a committed champion of democracy. The current sociopolitical issues in Germany and the United States render his call for an active renewal of democracy “in thought and feeling” as relevant today as it was in 1933.
The exhibition is divided into two parts. The first part presents the evolution of Thomas Mann’s political biography: from monarchist to powerful opponent of National Socialism and committed champion of democracy. What roles do personal background and the zeitgeist play, how important is each individual’s commitment, actions, and sense of responsibility? What contradictions must we overcome within ourselves to become politically active?
The second part connects these five topics to ongoing debates on both sides of the Atlantic: Do we have to recalibrate the tools of democracy, as we have understood them since antiquity, the French Enlightenment, and the American Constitution of 1787? Thomas Mann’s life offers numerous points of reference for dealing with our present state of affairs and the future of democracy – while adhering to Mann’s dictum: “Democracy will win!
Wednesday, October 5: 5-8pm
Thursday, October 6: 3-5pm
Friday, October 7: 6 pm: Introduction by Veronika Fuechtner, followed by a reception
When: Wed, 10/05/2022 – Fri, 10/07/2022
Where: Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116
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