One Year on…

My Cabaret-Berlin blog is now a year old. What started as a way of me recording and sharing what I had found out about my adopted city and the fascinating (to me!) period of the Weimar Republic, has certainly grown up.

(Ice arena in the Admiralspalast 1922. Image :Ullstein Bild)

(Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel 1930)

The first post, on May 13th last year, was a short history of the Eldorado Nightclub, and involved me venturing no further than the street I live in. I believe that post took me almost a whole day to write and compose, wrestling with the complexities of a WordPress format and inserting the photographs I had taken. It still does!

Those first few weeks were a frenzy of writing and research, with 12 posts published in as many days, and I was overjoyed and amazed that, by the end of the month, 419 people had looked at the site.

Today, as I write, the site is just about to pass the 75,000 visitor mark. This is truly astonishing to me.

The average is about 350 visits a day and, fact fans, Mondays at 10pm CET is rush hour!

By far and away the most searched-for topic is the dancer Anita Berber, with 2000 hits alone. This, of course, doesn’t take into account other searches involving her name connected with other people or places, or misspellings.

Sally Bowles is second with 1000 hits and Christopher Isherwood is fourth with 600.

The BBC’s adaptation of Christopher And His Kind in March of this year caused a surge of searches around that topic that lasted over a week. And it only takes a quick scan of the statistics to figure out if the film Cabaret has been on TV somewhere recently!

The future:

A Website

I’m now not sure that a blog is the best way to present and store this material, and am looking into converting the site into a proper, grown-up website that would be easier to search and better-looking. This will hopefully happen over the next few months.

There are still so many more stories to tell, and fascinating stuff to find out about that extraordinary period of just 14 years between the tragedy of the First World War and the horror that was to follow.

A Trip

This summer, I hope to visit the city of Mainz, home to the Deutsches Kabarettarchiv and the newly founded Cabaret Walk Of Fame. Visit their website here

Isherwood’s Neighbourhood – A Walking Tour.

Starting and ending at Nollendorfplatz, this one-hour tour visits the neighbourhood Christopher Isherwood lived in during his time in Berlin and where he wrote his famous Berlin Diaries, which were to become the film Cabaret. Including readings from his novels and diaries, we will see the sights he wrote about, the bars and clubs he frequented and taste the city as he saw it in those uncertain times.

(Nollendorfplatz 1926)

The tour is available by advance booking on and is €10 per person.

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12 Responses to One Year on…

  1. xl says:

    Congrats on the anniversary and to a job well-done!

  2. Katrina says:

    Many congrats from me too! But can I know what the 3rd most popular search was? you tease…… Looking forward to doing the walk next time I’m in Berlin. All love as always. K xxx

  3. David says:

    Congrats on the anniversary! Dx

  4. F. says:


    Congrats for the blog/site and its anniversary. I’ve just discovered it and I’m sure I’ll spend hours reading it. I have a question too. I hope you could address me on something. Did you post something about cabarets in the very town of Weimar? I’m interested expecially in the period before the fall of the Republic..


  5. Brendan says:

    Hi Francesco, thanks for the comments about the site.
    I’m sorry to say I haven’t yet explored much about the actual town of Wiemar and any cabaret scene it had. But it would certainly be worth doing, leave it with me!

  6. Jill says:

    I can definitely recommend the walk, fun and educational, my favorite combination.

  7. Drake says:

    Thank you for providing this wonderful site for a year. I had not stopped by in awhile and have now spent a fair part of my Saturday afternoon catching up. I honestly can’t think of any historical blog I enjoy as much as this one. My partner occasionally writes stories set in this era and I’ve always been interested in the 20s and 30s. I learn new things every time I come here. Thanks again!

  8. Saudia says:

    Hello Brendan! Great blog!!! I retweeted the most recent installment. I am a cabaret singer and recently did a private historical tour of the history of cabaret for a couple from Texas. I would love to consult with you and see if there is any collaborative possibilites. Thank you for your wonderful hard work! By the way. Have you heard of Evelin Foerster’s wonderful Hoerbuch (audio book) “Die Frau Im Dunkeln”?

  9. Gary says:

    Is there any biographical information about the real Fraulien Thurau?
    I am interested in her real full name, birthdate, date of death, marriages, children? Have you ever visited the apartments at 17 Nollendorfstrase? I would love to see photos of the interior.


  10. Brendan says:

    Hi Gary
    I have replied to you directly, hope it helps!

  11. yuri_nahl says:

    I just found your blog while looking for the cars in “Wings of Desire” . It has photos of a jewel like Berlin and shows the folly of lunatics in powerful places. I will favorite it and read on! Thanks.

  12. sara says:

    thank you so much your material is so important for my work!
    I’m going to play a theatre show called “Die Beste freundin” on december 2012 and it’s so difficult to find text songs, biography about artists, sheets music…i hope i’ll find more about this in your next website.. thanks!!

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