After having discussed the information in the arena of World War II, including its' causes, steps to war, effects, and connection to our world today, I came across a book written by Michael Bess, Vanderbilt University's Chancellor's Professor in History and Specialist in twentieth century Europe. In his work Choices Under Fire: Moral Dimensions of World War II, Bess evaluates the Second World War and deeply describes the celebration, doubt, and complexity that surround it.
His book opens with these lines...
"When we were fleeing the burning city
And looked back from the first field path,
I said, 'Let the grass grow over our footprints,
Let the harsh prophets fall silent in the fire,
Let the dead explain to the dead what happened.
we are fated to beget a new and violent tribe
Free from the evil and the happiness that drowsed there.
Let us go'- and the earth was opened for us by a sword of flames."
- Czeslaw Miloz, Goszyce, Poland (1944)
As I read the introduction and conclusion of Bess' Book, I realized that if our country comtinues in the direction it is going during our current president's term, this generation just might live to see another World War, heaven forbid. Bess outlines his book by connecting World War II to today as he dives into our country and its' current state. The sections in his conclusion entitled "We Cannot Afford Another War Like this" and "Heroism Is Still Needed" give an overview of how if our country does not produce a strong leader with intentions of abiding by our Nations' Constitution, the United States as we know it may be altered, eventully leading to destruction. Our country cannot afford that, Bess is right, and there is still a need for a hero in a position of authority.
A look into the Dictatorships of the Second World War.
Hugo Jaeger, Photographer to Hitler!
It is strange to think of Hitler as being a celebrity of his time, but just as celebrities today have "paparazzi," Hitler also had a photographer that followed him, taking pictures daily. Hugo Jaeger snapped images of Hitler everywhere, he even shot a couple of Hitler's followers, leaders and family. click on the above image to see more of Jaeger's picture in his album titled "Adolf Hitler: Up close."
What does Hitler Really have to say?
~*The Age of Anxiety *~
Exploring Dadaism in art and fashion during the Time Between The Wars.
The Devil Wears "Dada." - Aaron Rubin (Lecturer)
Just recently there was a lecture held in the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. A lecture on Dadaism, Surrealism and Fashion. A highly entertaining yet provocative lecture "The Devil Wears Dada" provides a focused and on point survey of Surrealism and Dadaism, and their effect on fashion and costume during the Art Deco era
The world of "Dada Fashion"!
Dadaism did only signify artwork and photography, but, it also surrounded the world of fashion. during the 20th century, "Dada" fashion exploded into a collection that would continue to remain as it developed into what it is today!
the eye of time through crystals
Dadaism in the Fashion World!
Dadaism also played an important role in the forming fashion world of the time. photogaphers used illusive lighting as a means to create a surreal effect for their photos. even today dadaism lingers in the art of fashion!
Salvador Dali's art went against everything standard in culture, everything!
George Grosz's, Draussen und Drinnen
This detail of George Grosz's painting translated in English as meaning, Outside and Inside, captures the "uncertainty and anxiety" of the 1920's
Dadaism during the time between the wars, known as the Age of Anxiety!!
The Dadaistic art form was incredibly surreal and humorous. this dadaistic "mona lisa" captures the humor incorporated during this surreal art movement.
A glimpse into the Great Break and Revolution of the first GreatWorld War.
The Big Four
The Big Four consisted of President Woodrow Wilson (United States), Vittorio Orlando (Italy), David Lloyd George (Great Britian), and Georges Clemenceau (France).
Germany's Territorial Losses
Due to that which was outlined in the Treaty of Versailles, Germany suffered harsh punishment and blame for all that took place during WWI. Germany was blamed for Austria-Hungary declaring war on Serbia as well as being held accountable for the 33 billion dollar war reparations!!!
The Sinking of the Lusitania
along with the Zimmerman Telegram, the sinking of the Lusitania kicked the United States into entering the Great War ...WWI!