Notes and Images, Deluge 14-16
Hindenburg re-elected over Hitler, but only with the support of those for whom he had contempt, namely the Social Democrats and the moderate centrist parties .
Hitler appointed and the cultural purge begins almost immediately. Not so much against jews, but against independent minded intelligensia 385. Read also on book; invitation from the ASUO; and the result: burning. and another in Munich.
Read on 390. on the collapse.
NOTE: both the Nazis and their enemies believed that each was promoting 'the good life' and 'civility'; the difference is that the first began from the pespective of being 'enlightened' [knowledge of the way the world should be] and the other from the perspective that in the here and now all one can do is find procedures to the 'more perfect union' .
Note esp. the role of patronage and the arts: who is supporting art in all its forms? Proletartians? Middle Class? Wealthy playboys? And where is the money coming from? bear in mind too that tho some German intellectuals succeed dramatically in exile [Gropius, Schönberg, Mies, Schumpeter, Habeler], that was not true of all [Weimar on the Pacific, literary figures like Thomas Mann, a Stefan Georg, Walter Banjamin, esp suffered, tho composers and film-makers did well]
Consider the forces at work here:
Provocation / endemic violence in the urban setting --roots in WW1, trench warfare, civil war, street fighting,
Does a high level of creativity require and a high level of anger at the status quo, the ancien regime? But what about the role of the "middle" in the process?