My research has always focused on the music and musicians who contributed to that glorious time between the wars known as the Weimar Republic yet did not survive the rise of National Socialism in Germany and Austria. Since the completion of my book on Willy Rosen (Weimar’s version of Barry Manilow), I have become fascinated with the music and musicians who went into self-exile in Vienna and New York City, particularly homosexual men and how their selection of a “safe city” was reflected in the status of gay rights and community within their chosen Stadt. These are two extremely different locales with sharply contrasting laws concerning male homosexuals. Did the “laws of the land” have any part in the decision to relocate? As most of these homosexual men were cabaret performers first in Berlin, what effect did the cabaret culture of their chosen city play in their decision making?
We asked our incoming US scholars to talk about their grant activities over the coming months to gain insight into what they'll be doing in Austria. We share here four responses—and we're looking forward to all the exciting projects our entire 2020–21 cohort of US Fulbright scholars will undertake in the coming months!