Käthe Kollwitz’s Art Was Compassionate, Subversive, and Politically Outspoken

While the cycle personified Kollwitz’s social activism, clearly outlining her beliefs in the proletarian struggle, it likewise exemplifies her particular interest in the woman’s role in such scenes. In Storming the Gate (1893–97), the weavers charge an industrialist’s villa, which peers out from behind insurmountable gates—and it is the women in the scene who hand the rebelling men the rocks they carry as they storm the complex.

From the Plague to Coronavirus: One Town’s 400-Year Bargain With God to Stay Disease-Free

Not even the coronavirus outbreak can keep one tiny Bavarian village from performing their play—once social distancing becomes history. Nearly 400 years ago, a famous bargain with God was made: spare the villagers of the German town of Oberammergau from the plague and their Passion Play, depicting the life and death of Jesus Christ, would always be performed. In 2020, another deadly illness has put the brakes on the internationally-known performance.

What American Parents Can Learn From German Ones

French parents treat toddlers like adults. The Dutch (or maybe it’s the Danes) raise the happiest kids in the world. A Chinese-American tiger strategy prioritizes discipline and ambition over fun. Ever since journalist Pamela Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bébé hit the best-seller list by telling American moms and dads to stop hiring sitters and just take their toddlers along to fancy restaurants like Parisians do, a rush of cultural anthropology has taken over the parenting-advice industry.