Literature

Literature

Adelsberger, Lucie: Auschwitz. Ein Tatsachenbericht. Berlin 1956. Adelsberger, Lucie: Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Story. Boston 1995. Adelson, Betty M.: The Lives of Dwarfs. Their Journey from Public Curiosity toward Social Liberation. New Brunswick u.a. 2015. Aiolfi, Marjorie; Bouglione, Louis Sampion: Le Cirque d’hiver. Paris 2002. Barré-Meinzer, Sylvestre: Le cirque classique, un spectacle actuel. Paris 2004. Bouglione, Read More…

Virtual Museum Exhibition

Virtual Museum Exhibition

At a first preparatory meeting concerning the conceptualizing of the exhibition, the project members explored together with members of the circus community, including representatives of the German Society of Friends of the Circus and the European Circus Association, the limits and consequences of sharing in-group knowledge, information that may carry symbolic or social weight within Read More…

Historical Context

Historical Context

Even in times of crises and war, circuses have remained a popular form of amusement. Likewise, in the Nazi era circuses also attracted audiences hungry for entertainment.  Moreover, within the Nazi sphere of control in Europe, circuses as cosmopolitan and mobile spheres could also offer refuge to those persecuted by the Nazi Regime and their Read More…

Project Diverging Fates

Projekt Diverging Fates

The project ‘Forgotten Cosmopolitans’ is based on a two-year pilot project (2017-2018) entitled ‘Diverging Fates: Travelling Circus People in Europe during National Socialism’. From this first scientific encounter the utilization of a biographical approach has resulted in a collection of short life stories, visible on the project’s website: www.divergingfates.eu. The follow-up project ‘Forgotten Cosmopolitans’ will Read More…

Project Team

Projektteam

Project coordinator Dr. Malte Gasche  received his PhD. in Scandinavian Studies from the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany). He is a researcher and project manager at the Centre for Nordic Societies at the University of Helsinki (Finland). He has managed several international summer schools on various topics (‘Introduction to Holocaust and Genocide Studies’, Roma and Read More…

Life Stories

Gisela Nyman (1934- ) – An artist star of the post-war period rising in Eastern Germany

Gisela Nyman, born Blumenthal, was the daughter of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother. She grew up in her birth town Leipzig. As a child, the Hungarian actor Marika Rökk became the role model for the young Gisela. At the age of five, Gisela began her ballet training. Later, she took also music lessons. Read More…

Project Description

Project Description

The aim of this project is to collaborate with members of the circus community to achieve new knowledge about the impact of WWII – the political climate leading to the war, the war itself and its aftermath – on the fates of Europe’s circus people. These people who not only pursued an itinerant way of Read More…