Georg Bruni: Forger, Gambler, Adventurer

      The Political scene

Germany after WW1 The end of the First World War saw the start of decades of political strife in Germany and Berlin was at it's center.
Germany's surrender and the effects of Russia's revolution had a massive impact on the returning soldiers and resident intellectuals all hoping for a new and better life.
Unfortunately instead of a dream it sparked the rise of the two extremes in the political vacuum - Communism and Fascism.
With an inept government in charge amidst a growing fear within the ruling classes of the popularity amongst workers promoting a communist state - most returning soldiers were enlisted into the Friekorps to fight the growing 'Red Menace' on the streets.
The November Revolution
Commies v Nazis - A man could make money
The Rise of Hitler and the Nazis
The 1933 election that saw Hitler and the Nazis gain a majority leading to Hitler becoming Chancellor spelt the end for Georg and his friends.
Most of the artists he'd associated with were now 'undesirables' and left the country, and the only opportunity for criminals was to join the Nazi party.
Bruni had very few scrupples but even he was not interested in becoming part of that 'bunch of bastards' - also there was still the case of the Vermeer!

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Bruni's Berlin:
The Weimar Republic

The journalist Sylvia von Harden

The Cabaret

Wiemar Germany is renowned for it's lively & eccentric cabaret scene between the wars.

Still from Fritz Lang's 'M'

The Art World

during the 1920's Berlin developed an agressive and original art scene with artists: George Grosz, Otto Dix, Max Beckmann....

Artistes from 'Die Krypta' Cabaret

The Political Scene

The turbulent political life of the German capital influenced all walks of life - defining an era that would result in the catastrophy of National socialism and WW2 .