Tag Archives: Magnus Hirschfeld

A Very Weimar Christmas Party

Let us imagine for a moment, you are living in Weimar-era Berlin and feel your star is on the wane. What better way to boost your social status than by throwing a glitzy Christmas party. But who to invite? You’ll … Continue reading

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May 13th, 1933

Eighty years ago today, Christopher Isherwood said goodbye to Berlin after four years living, working and documenting life in the city. Three days earlier he had witnessed the Nazi Youth looting his former lodgings, The Institute for Sexual Science, and … Continue reading

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Nollendorfstraße 17

This is the plaque on the house at Nollendorfstraße 17 where Christopher Isherwood lived during most of his time in Berlin. Unfortunately it is incorrect. Christopher Isherwood did arrive in Berlin in March of 1929 but only for a weeks … Continue reading

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Christopher Isherwood’s Haunts

Christopher Isherwood first came to Berlin in March of 1929, for a weeks visit with his friend, the writer W.H Auden, at the age of 25. By his third visit of that year, in November, he had decided to stay … Continue reading

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Das Lila Lied ( The Lavender Song)

Das Lila Lied (The Lavender Song) was written by the cabaret composer Mischa Spoliansky (under the pseudonym of Arno Billing) and songwriter Kurt Schwabach in 1920. (image mischaspoliansky.com) (image uwosh.edu) It was dedicated to the German physician and ‘sexologist’ Magnus … Continue reading

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