Speaker to address: What can we learn from the Weimar Republic in Germany?

  • Thu Mar 16th, 2017 1:30am
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Jens Kruse, professor emeritus of German at Wellesley College, will speak on “Does the late stage of the Weimar Republic in Germany hold lessons for the current moment of the American Republic?” on Monday, March 27 at 5:30 p.m. on the Orcas Center main stage.

“History does not repeat itself, but it does instruct.” So starts the recently released “On Tyranny” by the eminent historian Timothy Snyder. In his presentation, Kruse attempts to assess “what instruction we can derive, at our current historical moment, from a comparison of the years 1932/33 in the Weimar Republic in Germany to the years 2016/17 in our American republic.”

Kruse was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1949. He has taught German language and literature on all levels and published books and articles on Goethe, Kafka, and other authors. Most recently, he has prepared, for eNotatedClassics, annotated electronic editions of Kafka stories such as “The Metamorphosis” and the “Hunger Artist.”

The event is presented by the Orcas Island Library, and is free to the public. For more information, contact Kathleen Lunde, 376-4985.