'WARSCHAUER KULTURBLÄTTER' - A PERIODICAL OF THE GERMAN COMMUNITY IN WARSAW 1940-1943 ('Warschauer Kulturblätter' - pismo dla spolecznosci niemieckiej 1940-1943)
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The beginnings of the annual 'Warschauer Kulturblätter' was an illustrated brochure, issued under this title upon the occasion of staging J. W. Goethe's 'Iphigenia im Taurid' at the Theatre on an Island in the Royal Lazienki Park on 23 July 1940. From the autumn of 1940 to the autumn of 1943 the periodical marked the annual Days of German Culture (Deutsche Kulturtage) and was envisaged by its publishers as a medium for integrating the German community, composed of diverse elements (the local 'Volksdeutsche' and the 'Reichsdeutsche' - arrivals from the Reich). 'Warschauer Kulturblätter' thus assumed the form of a popular-scientific publication, intent on documenting the German character of Warsaw and its region, describing German settlements, the role played by German burghers and patricians, and, finally, the contribution made by German builders, sculptors, musicians and artists - in the wide meaning of the word - to the sacral and secular architecture of Warsaw as well as the latter's cultural life. The publishers and some of the authors, whose overwhelming part originated from activists of the Union of German Students in Poland (established in 1926), also acquired the collaboration of contributors from the Reich, experts on music, the theatre, archival studies and the history of the settlement movement. The editor-in-chief was Karol (Karl) Grundman, a former member of the Union of German Students, who originally devised the publication. Successive issues were lavishly illustrated with photographs of Warsaw's historical monuments, which according to the authors of the texts and the editors were to testify to the city's German features.
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