Sex, drugs and cabaret: the night life of Weimar Germany

About each nation there are stereotypes. For example, the Germans say that they love the "Ordnung", discipline and purity. This image of "modern German" does not fit with decadence culture of the Weimar Republic — open to new things, sexually liberated and bright.

Sex, drugs and cabaret: the night life of Weimar Germany

The Weimar Republic

Sex, drugs and cabaret: the night life of Weimar Germany

So called Germany in the period from 1919, when it adopted a new democratic Constitution in 1933 with the coming to power of Hitler.

With the defeat in the First world war militarism came the "Golden age" creative Germany. He was called "Golden twenties". The flourishing of science, cinema, music, painting and sports.

People in a short period between two wars — one of the last and the second, which was still, — he breathed finally, the air of freedom. Creative and sexy, seasoned with debauchery and cocaine.

Sex, drugs and cabaret: the night life of Weimar Germany

The Weimar Republic was a place of absolute sexual liberation, there was nothing that would be considered "too" or "too". And the center of cultural life in Germany was, of course, Berlin. In 1920, he grew almost 13 times.

At the door cabaret

Sex, drugs and cabaret: the night life of Weimar Germany

Cabaret became centers of Berlin nightlife. Inside raged a wild mixture of alcohol, drugs, sex and dancing. After 20 years, any entertainment of Germany was under strict supervision, many of them have gone underground.

Sex, drugs and cabaret: the night life of Weimar Germany

Cabaret was a cross between a bar, a restaurant and a nightclub. Guests sat at tables and enjoyed outspoken speeches dancers, as well as satirical performances of comedians, which are rigidly joked about politics.

Sex, drugs and cabaret: the night life of Weimar Germany

Austrian writer Stefan Zweig described one of Berlin cabaret:

Floors, what floors?

Sex, drugs and cabaret: the night life of Weimar Germany

Each of the hundreds of bars of Berlin had its own specialization: for heterosexual men, for gays, for lesbians, for transvestites or pansexual. As rumored, said the dancer in a Berlin bar "Eldorado", "I can be sex, what you want, Madam."

Sex, drugs and cabaret: the night life of Weimar Germany

Gender variability was the norm in the Weimar Republic. Cross-dressing and transvestism, androgyny and blurring gender boundaries was in order. In the Berlin cabaret fashion has become one of the tools by which men and women showed their attitude to sex and sexual orientation.

Sex, drugs and cabaret: the night life of Weimar Germany

Appeared the subculture of gays and lesbians. Writer Katie Sutton in his book "the Masculine woman in Weimar Germany," wrote:

So men and women who studied their sexuality and changed their roles.

Prostitution and goose

Sex, drugs and cabaret: the night life of Weimar Germany

Depending on the size of the purse courtesan in furs and diamonds could come to the client in a limousine, or he could get a woman or boy on the street. After the war, prostitutes were, first and foremost, women without other income opportunities. The second youth of both sexes. In Europe is spreading the contagion of venereal diseases: syphilis and gonorrhea. The pimps were willing to carry out practical any fantasy of the client if he was willing to pay.

Sex, drugs and cabaret: the night life of Weimar Germany

Italian journalist Luigi Barzini wrote:

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