Sammy Gronemann’s first literary success was his 1920 bestseller Tohuwabohu. This satirical novel is a period piece that marks the start of Gronemann’s literary career and presents a humorous portrait of Jewish life in Berlin after the turn of the century. Albert Einstein considered it a “masterpiece” because of its perspicacious and lucid depiction of the many facets of German Judaism. This annotated version includes yet unpublished documents, extensive commentaries and an overview over the book’s reception history, along with a short essay on the impact of the book’s title on the German language.
The Family of Man is one of the most famous photo exhibitions of all times. Since 1994, the last remaining original is exhibited publicly in Luxemburg. Whereas scholars have dismissed The Family of Man for decades as sentimental and stereotypical, teachers embraced it early on for its potential to instruct visual literacy. This article presents a set of three courses about The Family of Man, including a seminar, a practical tutorial, and an excursion to the exhibition in Clervaux, Luxemburg. It argues that The Family of Man is nowadays still important for teaching visual literacy at the intersection of photo history, photo theory, and exhibition design.
Issue 3/2019: Israel, Palestine and German Contemporary History; ed. by Evelyn Runge and Annette Vowinckel. Geographically and culturally the Middle East seems to be far away from Germany. From a historical point of view, this is a fallacy, because the virulent conflicts there today are closely interwoven with German and European colonial history, the history of National Socialism and German post-war history. The Middle East conflict is also present in many ways in contemporary German everyday life: while the media repeatedly report on anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist attacks, the restaurant »Kanaan« in Prenzlauer Berg, jointly run by a Jewish and an Arab Israeli, serves »Hummus for International Understanding«. Berlin and Jerusalem are connected on a completely different level by the presence of walls in the cityscape: from 1948 to 1967 Jerusalem was a divided city, Berlin from 1961 to 1989, since 2002 a wall separates parts of East Jerusalem from the Palestinian autonomous territories.Some of the contributions in this issue are devoted to the various effects of the Middle East conflict on German society, such as the presence of Palestinian and Israeli groups in the Federal Republic. Others focus on German-Israeli phenomena such as the reception of Ephraim Kishon's books or the Federal Republic's arms exports to Israel in the 1970s. The aim is to document and discuss how closely German contemporary history is linked to that of Israel and Palestine to this day.