Archive for cultural history

Nostalgie der Nostalgie

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 9 August 2017 by delclem

grado-buch“Mondäne Strandbäder am Mittelmeer werden von jeher als Spiegelbild des Alltags einerseits und als egalisierender Versuchsballon großer Freiheit andererseits imaginiert. Adriatisches Beispiel: Grado.” >> BuchRezension (c) DER STANDARD, 27. 5. 2017


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

Vienna, Southern Station

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 30 December 2013 by delclem

1483290_617509198309281_2116711391_nSüdbahnhof, the vanished train station of Vienna. Bombed down in 1945, re-erected in the 1950s and torn down again tp create the space needed for Vienna’s new Central Train Station. Image: an aquarell by F. Witt, ca 1900

“A brush with the past”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 1 October 2013 by delclem

“Ahead of a major new exhibition of portraits from turn-of-the-century Vienna, the award-winning writer Edmund de Waal reveals his own family’s intimate links to the city.” >full text & photo album (c) THE INDEPENDENT, 2013
Ill. above: Portrait of Empress Elisabeth (1899) by Gyula Benczúr

Germany obsession with inflation: a myth?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 13 May 2013 by delclem


“Separating historical fact from fiction is a thankless task in Germany but one man is trying to do just that”: Derek Scally. >opinion piece (c) THE IRISH TIMES, 2013

Prague, Capital of the 20th Century

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 18 March 2013 by delclem

A Surrealist history by Derek Sayer >review (c) ART DAILY, 2013


“Why did men stop wearing high heels?”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 4 February 2013 by delclem


“For generations they have signified femininity and glamour – but a pair of high heels was once an essential accessory for men.” A survey of shoe history. >full text (c) BBC World Service 2013