Babylon Berlin


How has the First World War been translated by German popular culture?

In this episode, Angus, Chris and Jessica are joined by Dr Hilary Potter to discuss the book and television series, Babylon Berlin. We discuss sibling rivalry, the New Woman and prisoners of war as we explore the different ways in which the books and the programme represent Weimar Germany.


Kriegsgefangen in Skipton – Raikeswood camp

German Prisoners of the Great War. Life in a Yorkshire Camp, edited by Anne Buckley, (Pen & Sword, due 2020).

Kriegsgefangen in Skipton. Leben und Geschichte deutscher Kriegsgefangener in einem englischen Lager, Fritz Sachsee and Willi Cossmann (Unikum Verlag, 1920/2013).

Murder Scenes: normality, deviance, and criminal violence in Weimar Berlin, by Sace Elder (University of Michigan Press, 2010)

The Stigma of Surrender: German Prisoners, British Captors, and Manhood in the Great War and Beyond, by Brian K Feltman  (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

Violence against prisoners of war in the First World War: Britain, France, and Germany, 1914-1920, by Heather Jones(Cambridge University Press, 2011).

 “Projecting Trauma: The Femme Fatale in Weimar and Hollywood Film Noir.” Barbara Hayes. Women in German Yearbook vol 23, 2007, pp. 224-243

Crime stories: criminalistic fantasy and the culture of crisis in Weimar Germany by Todd Herzog (New York; Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2009).

‘Dangerous Women: Woman as Sexual Criminal in Weimar Germany’ by Ingrid Sharp in  Violence, Culture and Identity.  Essays on German and Austrian Literature, Politics and Society. Edited by Helen Chambers, Peter Lang, 2017, 203-223.

Babylon Berlin, Volker Kutscher (Sandstone Press, 2017)
The Silent Death, Volker Kutscher (Sandstone Press, 2017)
Goldstein, Volker Kutscher (Sandstone Press, 2018)
The Fatherland Files, Volker Kutscher (Sandstone Press, 2019)
The March Fallen, Volker Kutscher (Sandstone Press, due 2020)
Der Nasse Fisch, Volker Kutscher (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2008)
Der Stumme Tod, Volker Kutscher (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2010)
Goldstein, Volker Kutscher (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2011)
Die Akte Vaterland, Volker Kutscher (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2014)
Märzgefallene, Volker Kutscher (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2016)
Lunapark, Volker Kutscher (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2018)
Marlow, Volker Kutscher (Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 2019)

Babylon Berlin Series 1-3, Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries, Henk Handloegten, (X-Filme Creative Pool, ARD Degeto Film, Beta Film, Sky Deutschland, Westdeutscher Rundfunk)

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