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Harald Poor, Kurt Tucholsky and the Ordeal of Germany

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book cover Kurt Tucholsky, © Eva C. Schweitzer

13.09.2019 - Article

Kurt Tucholsky;  by Harold L. Poor – a book presentation and panel discussion on September 16, 2019, at the Leo Baeck Institute.

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The new edition of the landmark book Kurt Tucholsky. The Short Fat Berliner Who Tried to Stop a Catastrophe With A Typewriter by Harold  L. Poor, will be introduced at an event at the Leo Baeck Institute. The book will officially launch on September 30.

Kurt Tucholsky was a was a brilliant satirist, poet, storyteller, lyricist, pacifist, and Democrat; a fighter, lady’s man, one of the most famous journalists in Weimar Germany, and an early warner against the Nazis. Erich Kästner called him a “small, fat Berliner,” who “wanted to stop a catastrophe with his typewriter”.

Harold Poor, professor at the History Department at Rutgers University, has published the only English-language work on Tucholsky in the United States. Poor was a liberal firebrand himself who later became an activist for gay rights. The new edition — published just in time for the one-hundred-year anniversary of the Weimar Republic — features an introduction by Belinda Davis, the chair of the Rutgers History Department, and a preface by Chris Poor, the son of Harold Poor.

The panel will feature Atina Grossmann from Cooper Union, who is also a former student of Harold Poor. She will comment on how Poor's work fits in the historiography of Germany in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when a fascination with the cultural and intellectual life of the Weimar Republic occurred, also in America. Mark Anderson, professor at the German Department of Columbia University will speak about Weimar literature. Berlinica Publisher Eva C. Schweitzer will speak about Tucholsky's life and work.

Refreshments will be served. For more information and tickets please visit: Leo Baeck Institute

Location and time:
Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St. New York, NY 10011
September 16, 2019, 6:30 PM

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