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"Berlin, it is obvious, aroused powerful emotions in everyone. It delighted most, terrified some, but left no one indifferent...."
  --Peter Gay, Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider. New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1968. 129.

The period between the end of World War I and the collapse of Germany's first democracy with the Nazi rise to power in 1933 was one of intense political conflicts, economic upheaval, and exuberant cultural innovation. Berlin, Germany's largest city and capital of the new Weimar Republic, was at the heart of it all.

This Web site presents a selection of Internet resources on various aspects of life, culture, and politics in Berlin during the Weimar period. Given the richness of the topic and the wealth of materials scattered in all corners of the Internet, this collection can only be a starting point. I know there are glaring omissions, and I hope to fill some gaps as time allows. I also hope visitors will be inspired to suggest sites and topics to be included. Please visit the Feedback page to make suggestions and comment on this site.

A few tips for getting around: Use the navigation bar above or at the bottom of the page to move through the site. Clicking on the small "Berlin in the 1920s" icon in the upper right-hand corner on any other page will take you back here. The General Resources page contains sites whose focus is broader than the individual topics covered on the other pages.

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