Events | #MutuallyMann – A Virtual Reading Initiative

Worldwide | November 30, 2020 – December 2, 2020

After the successful launch of the interactive reading initiative last April, #MutuallyMann is now going into the second round. The Thomas Mann House and the S. Fischer Verlag publishing house are inviting readers from all over the world to read Thomas Mann’s essay Germany and the Germans. The lecture was given by Mann right after the end of World War II at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., New York and Los Angeles. He addressed Germany through the lens of his own experience and exile during the war.

The second edition of #MutuallyMann is an opportunity to re-read Mann’s thoughts against the backdrop of today’s transatlantic relationship and to share ideas, questions, images or favorite quotes on social media over the course of three days. From November 30 to December 2, 2020, users can post their opinions, photos and comments in English or German on social media with the hashtag #MutuallyMann.

#MutuallyMann is accompanied by text and video contributions from writers, intellectuals and renowned Mann researchers. Check out our social wall to read all the contributions by our experts and see what was happening on #MutuallyMann.


Among the participants are the writers Olga Grjasnowa, Jagoda Marinić, Max Czollek and former Villa Aurora Fellow Juan Guse, music critic Alex Ross (The New Yorker), David Morris (Library of Congress), renowned Thomas Mann expert Hans Vaget (Smith College), the literary scholars Veronica Fuechtner (Dartmouth College) and Stefan Keppler-Tasaki (University of Tokyo), the German studies scholars Meike Werner (Vanderbilt University) and Kai Sina (University of Münster), the legal scholar and Thomas Mann Fellow Christoph Möllers  (Humboldt University Berlin), as well as Thomas Mann Fellow and journalist Maria Exner (Die Zeit).

Find all the contributions by our experts from the first #MutuallyMann initiative here.

Visit the #MutuallyMann website.

This initiative is a cooperation of the Thomas Mann House and the S. Fischer Verlag publishing house.

Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V. is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.



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