In this study Erika L. Briesacher argues that festivals in Lübeck, Germany spanning 1920 to 1960 demonstrate interlocking economic, social, and cultural factors that contribute to local, national, and international identity formation. Focusing on institutional records as well as public discourse and material artifacts, the author traces the mobilization of “Nordic” as a distinctly German in-group during the Weimar, Nazi, and early Cold War eras, highlighting particular ways participants included and excluded racial, religious, and other cultural identities in their own “imagined community.” Focusing on the festival as both a site of participation and consumption, the author assesses two postwar periods as well as the legacy of the Holocaust in a northwest German town.
Erika L. Briesacher is associate professor of history at Worcester State University.
Chapter 1: Finance, Festivals, and the Aftermath of the Great War
Chapter 2: Celebration, Culture, and Commerce: The Case of Nordische Woche
Chapter 3: Evolving Identity: The Nordische Gesellschaft, 1921–1938
Chapter 4: Nazi Nordicism in War and Occupation
Chapter 5: New Nordic Days
Conclusion: Identities over Time
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