weimar republic


A few very important and other less important distinctions between Napoléon and Hitler

  1. the Weimar republic arguably wasn’t as much of a shithole as Revolutionary France.
  2. Napoléon didn’t invade Western Europe “because he could”, France was at war with most of Western Europe by the time he arrived in power and the wars ended only when the initial aggressors got what they wanted, the return of Bourbon monarchy at the head of France. Hitler waged war on everyone and everything because of slights inflicted in the last war. It’s a wonder he didn’t turn on Japan for taking Germany’s Pacific colonies. Although you could also claim that Napoléon wanted to spread the ideals of the French Revolution, which he technically did, that’s extremely subjectif and an absolute embellishment of the reality.
  3. Being opposed by Britain and Russia doesn’t warrant a compareson with Hitler. I wouldn’t want to be compared with Sadam Hussein just because we wear hats, even if we do. Well back when he was alive anyway.
  4. Both persons were not “vilified after their deaths”, you don’t need to vilify Hitler because adding to his killing streak would be disrespectful towards the millions of minorities or soldiers he worked to death or plain executed.
    Meanwhile Napoléon gets compared to Hitler in half of all BBC documentaries, sometimes ones not even related to his life, and he’s represented as a warmonger in all English speaking media (see 2.).
  5. Napoléon reinstuted slavery yes, but only in French colonies, where it had only been abolished eight years prior. Slavery in metropolitan France had been abolished more than four hundred years ago and wasn’t reestablished. This is not so much a positive point, but I felt like saying he reestablished slavery was purposefully bending the truth.
    On the other hand Hitler used civilians and prisoners of war alike from all his conquests, which is not really comparable. Both are dick moves, although the later was a dick move in its own time.
  6. They both plundered the countries they invaded in favor of their homeland. Why do I even have to address that, like why the fuck would you invade a country if not for the benefit of your homeland ?
  7. Both their reign marked the pinacle of their countries’ influence over Europe, sure, but that’s exactly the same as 3., Charlemagne wasn’t like Hitler just for that fact alone.
  8. Both wars caused massive casualties. Yeah no shit, they’re basically both world wars. Compare Napoléon to Gengis Khan instead :v
The Nazis may write like schoolboys, but they’re capable of anything. That’s just why they’re so dangerous. People laugh at them, right up to the last moment…
—  Christopher Isherwood, “Goodbye to Berlin”

Bergmann-Haenel MP18.1

Designed by Hugo Schmeisser c.1916, manufactured by Bergmann Waffenfabrik c.1918-20′s, modified by C.C.Haenel afterward - serial number 5279.
9x19mm Parabellum 20-round removable box magazine, open bolt blowback full automatic.

The Haenel modification gave the MP18 a new double-stack single-feed magazine to replace the complex and heavy Trommel magazine originally designed for Luger P08 pistols.
Despite common belief, this weapon wasn’t immediately banned in the Treaty of Versailles.

Atelier Leopold :: Valeska Gert, 1918. German card (Munich). Collection: Didier Hanson. / source: Flickr

“Jewish cabaret artist Waleska Gert (1892-1978) and her dark, aquiline features became famous in Berlin with her radical modern dances. She was also active as an artists’ model and appeared in several classics of the Weimar Cinema. After a comeback in Fellini’s Giulietta degli spiriti / Juliet of the Spirits (1965), she worked with the film makers of the New German Cinema of the 1970′s.” (quoted from source)


Eve’s Glory series by A. Tamboly

A hundred years after the First World War, modern women demonstrate military prestige by donning vintage uniforms historically exclusive to men. Highlighting uniforms from the Second Industrial Revolution until the end of the Weimar Republic, Eve’s Glory compares the ceremonial attitudes historically associated with the military to the proud independence of modern women.

Military uniforms are symbols of heroic and elite social status. The authentic uniforms belong to officers from several countries, symbolizing the strict value system of the period from 1868 to the 1930s. If women had been granted the same status as men, how would they have been perceived? Would society focus on delicate femininity or strength? Melting away the barriers by integrating women into this masculine world, this project questions the gender divide.

I am interested in challenging the conventional ways in which females are visually presented. Women in fashion magazines, TV commercials, and mainstream films are usually dressed in a way that speaks to a structure of social expectations. Characterized by a sharp division between masculinity and femininity, dominance and passivity, toughness and delicacy, women are narrowly defined. A woman in uniform is a visual impossibility.

Showing the contrast between two different worlds—the masculine and the feminine—Eve’s Glory deals with unique characters regardless of age, health, and origin to show women who fought their way through life and the young women who strive for their own path.

—A. Tamboly


Erma EMP submachine gun

Designed by Heinrich Vollmer and manufactured by the Erma Werke Waffenfabrik in Erfurt, Germany c.~1930 - serial number 13311.
9x19mm Parabellum 32-round removable box magazine, blowback select fire.

One of the intermediary firearms developed from the Bergmann MP18 to the MP40 series in Weimar Germany.