13-16 June 2024

The German Genius

From the death of Bach in 1750 to the rise of Hitler in 1933, Germany was transformed from a poor relation among western nations into Europe’s dominant intellectual and cultural force. By 1900, German artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, and engineers were leading their freshly-unified country. By 1933, they had won more Nobel prizes than anyone else and more than the British and Americans combined. But this genius was cut down in its prime with the rise and subsequent fall of Adolf Hitler and his fascist Third Reich – a legacy of evil that has overshadowed the nation’s contributions ever since. What made this German Genius and can it be recovered? What makes Germany tick? Can Germany lead Europe and what’s next for Berlin after the invasion of Ukraine? 

Katja Hoyer, David de Jong, Fred Studemann with David McWilliams