I’ve a rather strong fascination for the cabarets of Berlin’s Weimar period, so I couldn’t help but reblog.
Annemarie Schwarzenbach by Marianne Breslauer. Wikipedia: In 1930 she made contact with Erika Mann (daughter of Thomas Mann). She was fascinated by Erika’s charm and self-confidence. A relationship developed, which much to Annemarie’s disappointment did not last long (Erika had her eye on another woman: the actress Therese Giehse), although they always remained friends. Though still smarting from Erika’s rejection, from the following year she spent most of her time in Berlin. She found a soul-mate in Klaus, brother of Erika, and settled in with the Manns as an adoptive family. With Klaus she started experimenting with the use of drugs. She led a fast life in the bustling artistic city that was Berlin towards the close of the Weimar Republic. She lived in Charlottenburg, drove fast cars and threw herself into the Berlin night-life. “She lived dangerously. She drank too much. She never went to sleep before dawn”, recalled a friend. Her androgynous beauty fascinated and attracted both men and women. She took several trips abroad with Klaus Mann, to Italy, France and Scandinavia, in 1932 and 1933. In 1933 also she travelled with the photographer Marianne Breslauer to Spain, to carry out a report on the Pyrenees. Marianne too was fascinated by Annemarie: “She was neither a man nor a woman,” she wrote, “but an angel, an archangel”.