“We have loved long enough and want to hate at last!” wrote the 24-year-old German poet Georg Herwegh in 1841. He called for love to be replaced by hate, for “tyranny on Earth” to be fought for, and for “the chains of oppression to be broken.” Herwegh was one of the most important political poets of the Young Germany movement, who were active during the period before the revolution that began in March 1848. He and his like-minded contemporaries sought to overthrow by force the rule of the princes in the German Confederation. ‘We have loved long enough’: Georg Herwegh was at the forefront of the Vormärz revolutionary movement The hatred felt by Herwegh and his comrades-in-arms was directed against the aristocratic rulers and the existing order. All means were acceptable to the radical, democratic insurgents. But the revolution failed. The lyrics of Herwegh’s “Song of Hate” and the German revolutions of 1848 to 1849 are just a few of the themes in the exhibition “Hatred. What Moves Us” at the Haus der Geschichte Baden-Württemberg (House of History in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg). The exhibit encompasses 200 objects from 200 years that portray hatred in all its forms and manifestations…. Read full this story
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