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Exhibition in the study area "Monacensia as Guest in the Study Area: Culture on the brink - Jewish life on Tegernsee"

Tegernsee, view of Rottach-Egern. From Grete Weil’s photo album, c. 1930 Photo: Monacensia.Literaturarchi

Writer Bruno Frank with his wife

Grete Weil, around 1913

Grete Weil and her mother

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An Exhibition by Monacensia

October 15, 2014 through February 22, 2015

A culturally varied and colorful life was to be found in the picturesque villages around Lake Tegernsee from the middle of the 19th century onward.

Whether Jewish or non-Jewish, both local residents and those who spent the summer months there enjoyed the beauty of the countryside to the same degree.

Katia Mann, née Pringsheim, spent the summer months on Tegernsee with her parens and siblings on several occasions. She also liked going there with her husband, Thomas Mann, and their own children. The inner circle of the satirical magazine "Simplicissimus" including the caricaturist Thomas Thodor Heine, regularly met at the home of the Bavarian writer Ludwig Thoma. After an interruption conditioned by Worl War I, cultural life in the Tegernsee valley blossomed once again. The doctor and writer Max Mohr received well-known guests at his farmhouse, such as Thomas Mann and D.H. Lawrence, and the young Grete Weil, née Dispeker.

An additional cultural magnet in those days was the popular theater, the "Ganghofer-Thoma Bühne", in Egern. Performances were attended by the playwright Ödön von Horváth, the writer Carl Zuckmayer, a friend of his, the operetta diva Fritzi Massary, and her son-in-law, the writer Bruno Frank.

With photographs and documents from the Monacensia municipal literary archives, the exhibition shows what cultural life was like in the Tegernsee valley, how local residents and artists, who spent some of their time there, lived side by side, and how this apparent idyll proved to be more and more deceptive following the seizure of power by the National Socialists when this communal cultural existence was brought to an end.