Stephan Braese talking on the radio Deutschlandfunk


On Sunday, December 3, 2023, at 7 p.m., Deutschlandfunk Nova will broadcast the lecture “Dictatorship of Reason? Heinrich Mann in the Year of Crisis 1923” by Prof. Dr. Stephan Braese as part of its “Hörsaal” radio series.

The lecture was recorded on June 7, 2023 at the Freie Universität Berlin. It was part of an international lecture series organized by Prof. Dr. Christine Frank under the title “Berlin in the Year of Crisis 1923: Parallel Worlds in Literature, Science and Art”.

In 1923, when hyper-inflation, occupation of the Ruhr, attempted coups and civil war-like conditions threatened the survival of the Republic, Heinrich Mann, author of the Untertan and committed fighter for a democratic Germany, repeatedly took a public position to avert the imminent threat of the dismantling of democracy by right-wing radical forces. The lecture traces Mann’s ‘relationship history’ to German democracy since the Revolution of 1918/19 and presents the means by which Mann as a public intellectual tried to stop a right-wing revolution.