Zitate zu Momme Brodersen: Group Portrait with Walter Benjamin. Siedler Verlag (Hardcover, History)

Group Portrait with Walter Benjamin

A search for traces

Original Title: Klassenbild mit Walter Benjamin

Hardcover with jacket, 240 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-88680-943-1
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Siedler

Date of publication: September 3, 2012
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Momme  Brodersen - Group Portrait with Walter Benjamin


“Momme Brodersen has carefully researched the history of the secondary school graduating class of 1912 of Kaiser Friederich School in Berlin. His attempt to reconstruct the individual life stories is a contribution to the research into the upper-class mentality of the 20th century.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Brodersen’s book is filled with details and insights into the difficulty in understanding these details. This is great narrative.” Berliner Zeitung

“It is fascinating what Momme Brodersen has made out of a hundred-year-old second in time. … A German kaleidoscope of fate.”


“Momme Brodersen has succeeded in making histories already known from other sources newly accessible by individualizing them, thus bringing to light the fates of those previously anonymous schoolmates of Walter Benjamin. The result is a fascinating book that also encourages us to open our eyes and ask questions.”

DW-World.de/Deutsche Welle

"This book is a masterpiece – not the least for its great effort in research – and one for which the author must be congratulated and about which readers will be delighted."


"Momme Brodersen has succeeded in writing a remarkable micro-history, one which as well brings the anonymous figures into focus and rescues them from a fall into oblivion. He takes a look at their parents and childhoods, follows their studies and career choices, and impressively portrays their further stations in life, distressfully intertwined as they are with German history."

Nürnberger Zeitung


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