Finally: a good book on historical vampirism in the 18th century

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 28 March 2017 by delclem
vamp copyThomas M. Bohn: Der Vampir. Ein europäischer Mythos. Köln, Weimar, Wien: Böhlau 2016. 368 S. Review in German

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The Long Shots of Sarajevo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 28 June 2014 by delclem


On 28 June 1914, the primal scene of the “short 20th century” (Hobsbawm) took place: the ATTENTAT / Sarajevo Assassination, when the Bosnian Serbian student Gavrilo Princip shot the Habsburg crown prince Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. We organized an international on-site conference in Sarajevo and the proceedings were published in Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian and in German/English. Below, you can find a few links leading to our thematic photo albums:

>>Visual representations of the Attentat
>>Paraphernalia: the material culture of the Attentat
>>Places of memory of the Attentat
>>Shadow of a Gunman: Gavrilo Princip & Popular Culture

PS. Text by co-editor Vahidin Preljevic in BCS>>

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 29 March 2014 by delclem


In his film,’ Wes Anderson dreams of a mythologized Central Europe before the bombs fell >full text (c) WASHINGTON POST, 2014

Prora: the Nazi beach resort built for 10,000

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 20 March 2014 by delclem
“An imposing, austere row of buildings stretches for almost three miles along the east coast of Rügen, a German island in the Baltic Sea. Blocky and bleak, their unadorned design suggests a prison. But these buildings were meant for leisure: they form part of a Nazi-built seaside resort.” >full text (c) Atlas Obscura / SLATE, 2014

Alternative Memorial for Hungary’s ordeal, 1944-45

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 19 March 2014 by delclem

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The Hungarian artist blogger LACI SZILY (sic;) has presented an alternative to the planned ‘Memorial of German Occupation, 1944/45’ in Budapest: Hitler is holding a Wiener Schnitzel in the shape of Greater Hungary in order to distract the Hungarian Puli dog which is being raped by a German shepherd… >more (in Hungarian)

The art Hitler dismissed as ‘filth’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 12 March 2014 by delclem

Adolf Hitler and other Nazi officials at the Dada wall at the Degenerate Art exhibition, July 16, 19

“Degenerate Art”: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937. This New York exhibition revisits not only Germany’s ‘Degenerate Art’ show that destroyed so many artistic careers, but the Nazi rhetoric that made the exhibition possible. >review
(c) THE GUARDIAN, 2014

“Crimea & the Hysteria of History”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on 9 March 2014 by delclem


“Well, that was fast. At the beginning of the year, it seemed apt to meditate on the catastrophes of a century past, and on the chance that we might, once again, be passengers on some Titanic of history, with a small flaw in the hull opened by some unforeseen iceberg. And it seemed worth stressing that what had brought the ship down—in short, what made 1914 happen—was, above all, the vulnerability of open societies to the panicked appeal to honor and the fear of humiliation.” >full essay
(c) THE NEW YORKER, 2014