Thomas Mann House | The Struggle for Democracy
„Throughout the world it has become precarious to take democracy for granted“, Thomas Mann stated after the rise of National Socialism and the end of the Weimar Republic. After living in France and Switzerland, Thomas Mann found refuge and a home in the United States. During his time in the U.S., he comprehensively addressed questions of democratic renewal, freedom, and exile in his literary works, lectures, and essays. Through his radio messages broadcast by the BBC, he became the most important German voice in exile.

Eighty-five years after Thomas Mann’s escape, the realization that democracy is vulnerable has become a shared experience on both sides of the Atlantic. The cohesion of democratic polities is endangered both in Europe and the United States. Segregation threatens to supersede exchange; confrontation supplants compromise. While political camps in Germany and the U.S. seem more and more irreconcilable, alternatives to democracy gain in confidence. It is becoming increasingly clear that the struggle for democracy has once again become one of the most important issues of our time.
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