What We Are Reading Today: Weimar Germany

Updated 14 September 2018

What We Are Reading Today: Weimar Germany

  • Weitz reveals how Germans rose from the turbulence and defeat of World War I and revolution to forge democratic institutions and make Berlin a world capital of avant-garde art

BOOK AUTHOR: Eric D. Weitz

 

Thoroughly up-to-date, skillfully written, and strikingly illustrated, Weimar Germany brings to life an era of unmatched creativity in the 20th century — one whose influence and inspiration still resonate today.

Eric Weitz has written the authoritative history that this fascinating and complex period deserves, and he illuminates the uniquely progressive achievements and even greater promise of the Weimar Republic.

Weitz reveals how Germans rose from the turbulence and defeat of World War I and revolution to forge democratic institutions and make Berlin a world capital of avant-garde art. He presents richly detailed portraits of some of the Weimar’s greatest figures.

Weimar Germany also shows that beneath this glossy veneer lay political turmoil that ultimately led to the demise of the republic and the rise of the radical Right.

Yet for decades after, the Weimar period continued to powerfully influence contemporary art, urban design, and intellectual life — from Tokyo to Ankara, and Brasilia to New York. 

 

 


Salma Abu Deif unites with UNICEF for charity drive

The Egyptian actress asked her 1.6 million followers to donate to UNICEF amid the coronavirus crisis. Instagram
Updated 05 April 2020

Salma Abu Deif unites with UNICEF for charity drive

DUBAI: Egyptian actress Salma Abu Deif posted a video on her Instagram account urging her followers to donate to UNICEF’s fight against COVID-19.

The organization is attempting to supply essential supplies and protective equipment to where they are needed most to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has claimed more than 64,000 lives worldwide.

Wearing a black UNICEF t-shirt, the 25-year-old asked her 1.6 million followers to click on the link supplied in her Instagram bio to donate to the non-profit humanitarian organization amid the coronavirus crisis to help vulnerable families and children get the resources they need to protect themselves during the ongoing pandemic.

“Good morning everyone. I hope you’re doing good and staying home safely during these hard times of fighting COVID-19,” she starts off saying in the video.

“On behalf of UNICEF, I’m asking you to visit the link in my bio or the one on UNICEF’s page to donate to UNICEF as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow so fast. UNICEF is procuring and shipping vital supplies, including personal protective equipment, to countries affected.”

The actress then reiterates her message in Arabic, in an effort to reach a wider audience.

In 2019, the “Sheikh Jackson” actress teamed up with the charity organization to meet with Syrian refugee children at Zouq Bhannin, an informal settlement in Lebanon.

The actress also visited the Shatila Palestinian Camp, a refugee camp for displaced Palestinian families and children in Lebanon, in 2019, calling it the most “eye-opening” experience of her life.

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The most eye opening experience in my life. with @unicef @uniceflebanon visiting Shatila Palestinian Camp and spending some playful and educational time with the kids and women learning about the activities and services they have been working on for the past few years to improve The Shatila Community. Shatila is a Palestinian refugee camp that was established after the 1948 Arab–Israeli War to accommodate the Palestinian refugees who fled or were expelled during the 1948 Palestinian exodus. To help please go check my bio for more info. زيارتي مع يونيسيف في زيارة إلى مخيم شاتيلا الفلسطيني وقضاء بعض الوقت الممتع والتعليمي مع الأطفال والنساء للتعرف على الأنشطة والخدمات التي كانوا يعملون عليها في السنوات القليلة الماضية لتحسين مجتمع شاتيلا. شاتيلا هو مخيم للاجئين الفلسطينيين أنشئ بعد الحرب العربية الإسرائيلية عام 1948 لاستيعاب اللاجئين الفلسطينيين الذين فروا أو طُردوا خلال الهجرة الفلسطينية @unicef_mena عام 1948. للمساعدة برجاء زيارة الرابط في البايو

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In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, individuals and organizations around the world have engaged in acts of generosity, including various fashion houses, celebrities and models who are all doing their part, whether by providing meals to families or uniting with organizations such as UNICEF to raise awareness.

For her part, part-Saudi model Shanina Shaik posted an Instagram video last week announcing that she is participating in the #DoYourPartChallenge. The pop star and model has begun working with food delivery service DoorDash in the US to provide meals to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m going to be taking part in the Do Your Part challenge thanks to DoorDash. I’m going to be providing meals to families in need during this time, so if you could please direct message me or send a comment below, I can do what I can to help you out,” the 29-year-old said. “Stay strong guys and I’m sending lots of love to all of you.”

French-Tunisian model and singer Sonia Ben Ammar posted a similar video urging those in need to reach out to her.

In a clip uploaded to her Instagram account, the 20-year-old reiterated how important the challenge is, thanking her friends for nominating her. “I know that there’s a lot of people struggling, families, businesses, people losing their jobs, so I think it’s important to help out however you can (sic),” she stated. Ammar then pledged to donate free gift cards for meals to people in need.