Splendor and misery in the Weimar Republic
Political tension: 'Weimar Carnival'
In "Berlin Alexanderplatz," Alfred Döblin wrote of a vibrant capital city in upheaval as he documents the life of Franz Biberkopf. In it, and in paintings like that by Horst Naumann above, the rise of anti-Semitism, militarism and National Socialism came into full view. As Döblin wrote: "He has seen the paramilitary troopers, the young men, and their leader, too, that is something."