Thomas Mann: Democracy Will Win
Thomas Mann: Democracy Will Win
"It is a terrible spectacle when the irrational becomes popular," said Thomas Mann. His resistance is inspiring and relevant today, as we witness the fundamental values of democracy once again being called into question.
September 09, 2021 to November 04, 2021
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The first part of the exhibition presents Thomas Mann's political biography in its development from monarchist to powerful opponent of National Socialism and committed fighter for democracy. Photographs, texts, excerpts from the famous radio addresses "To the German Listeners!" and original exhibits trace his intellectual, political and spatial paths.

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The second multimedia part connects this history to the present. What makes a political person? How does one become a supporter of democracy? How does one defend one's stance? Examples from the recent past, films and interviews, tweets and quotes from personalities from politics, pop, literature and society - such as Greta Thunberg or Saša Stanišić, Donald Trump or Barack Obama, Igor Levit or Edward Snowden - illustrate the importance of the question: How can we defend and sustainably strengthen democracy as the only possible form of society?


Goethe-Institut New York
30 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

Image: Philipp Kester, Thomas Mann – Porträt mit einem Buch in der Hand, 1906 / Münchner Stadtmuseum, Sammlung Fotografie