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WHY STUDY THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC? • The history of the Weimar Republic (1919- 1933) illuminates one of the most creative and crucial periods in the twentieth century and serves as a significant case study of the critical issues of our own time. • Many of the questions asked about the Weimar Republic are relevant to problems that individuals and societies face in the twenty- first century. WHY STUDY THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC? • Citizens and leaders of the Weimar Republic had to wrestle with the problems of a newly developing democracy: – the creation of a new constitution and political culture and the need for institutional reform particularly of the judiciary, the police, and the educational system. WHY STUDY THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC? • The Weimar Republic experienced hyper-inflation and depression, gender and generational conflict, political violence and terrorism, conflicts dealing with the relationship between church and state, and racist antisemitism. • The fourteen years of the Weimar Republic were a way station on the road to genocide, and yet they also witnessed the struggle of many decent, sincere people to create a just and humane society in a time of great artistic creativity. Gallery Walk • Each assigned group is going to have 10-12 minutes at each station (4 total stations) • Museum (primary resources and secondary resources) • At each station you are responsible to work on the sheet provided • Finish at home. Gallery Walk Work • Take notes and answer all aspects of the question • Go home and type up answers • 12 pt. Times New Roman – 1 inch margins – single spaced (points will be docked if you do not follow directions) • If printer doesn’t work – email me that night, but get it to me the NEXT day or it is LATE • See next slide for exact format Format of Any Typed Work Name Date Class (Facing History and Ourselves) Ms. Krupsky Assignment (Weimar Republic Gallery Exhibition) Do NOT bold or Write your answers with the question in the answer. type the word I should be able to read your answer without “Assignment” referring back to the question! Go Over Worksheet Analyzing Visual Art - Practice • Step One: Look Deeply: Look at the picture for a good long time. Observe shapes, colors, textures, the position of people and/or objects, etc. • Step Two: Write down below what you see without making any interpretation about what the picture is trying to say. I see... • Step Three: What questions do you have about this picture that you would need answered before you can begin to interpret it? (Ask as many questions as you have.) I want to know... I was wondering... Who?... What?... Where?... When?... Why?... Analyzing Visual Art - Practice • Step Four: Discuss your questions with two other people in the class to try to find some answers. • Step Five: Given the historical context and subject of the piece, what do you think the cartoonist is trying to say (what does the piece mean?), and who do you think is the intended audience? I think the artist is saying... I think the intended audience is... • Step Six: Discuss your interpretation with the class, and be prepared to support your view by referring to specifics in the drawing and in what you know about the history of the time. “Farm Family from Kahlenberg” 1939 – Adolph Wissel For Tomorrow • You are to bring: 1. Gallery Walk Worksheet 2. Notebook with pen 3. Analyzing Art Worksheet 4. Homework from last night Homework • Reading 12 • Reading 13 • Armistice THE LEGACY OF WORLD WAR I World War I, which was, to the generation of the 1920s and ‘30s, “the overwhelming catastrophe that dominated their epoch,” gave birth to the first German democracy, called the Weimar Republic. In the words of H. Stuart Hughes, this war “stacked the cards for the future.” Germans, who were suffering from the humiliation and loss of honor of unexpected defeat, cried out for vengeance. The Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended the war, contributed to the humiliation Germans felt. All Germans, no matter their political beliefs, regarded the treaty as unjust. It would remain a festering sore on the body of the new Republic. Yet, the anger, passion, hatred, and violence of the Weimar years were mixed with tremendous creativity and cultural excitement. In that dynamic environment, the viability of democracy was tested and failed. The struggles and even the failures of the Weimar Republic stand as warning signs and guides for future democracies.
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