The Weimar Legacy of Los Angeles

Ehrhard Bahr

in Weimar on the Pacific

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251281
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933804 | DOI:
The Weimar Legacy of Los Angeles

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The presence of German exiles shaped the cultural life of Los Angeles, especially in the fields of music, theater, and film. This chapter deals with Weimar culture in Los Angeles as a hidden legacy that is not difficult to trace. Not only are artifacts of German exile culture—such as films, novels, plays, and poetry as well as homes, theater venues, and award-winning architecture—still extant, but the memory of that culture endures within institutions such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, the residential theaters at the Mark Taper Forum and the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, and, last but not least, the library and film archives at the University of California-Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. This kind of memory is not limited to high culture, but is also extended to the Weimar salons in Los Angeles, among them the most famous by Salka Viertel, which was attended by the various factions of the exile community during the 1940s.

Keywords: Weimar culture; Los Angeles; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Museum of Art; Norton Simon Museum; theater; exiles; music; film; Salka Viertel

Chapter.  4396 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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