The anti-Semitism of the 68ers

Monday 31 October, 2005

In 1969 a leftist militant group planted a bomb in the Jewish Community Centre in Berlin. An isolated incident? Or did a "leftist anti-Semitism" exist among the German 68ers? And why is the whole issue being dealt with so hesitantly? Philipp Gessler and Stefan Reinecke interview Tilman Fichter, former SDS head and brother of Albert Fichter, who planted the bomb.
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Stalin for president

Monday 9 May, 2005

Sixty years after the end of World War Two, Russia is seeing a dramatic re-Stalinisation under President Putin's leadership. As hopes for prosperity dwindle, "Uncle Joe's" star is on the rise again. By Sonja Margolina
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World War II Special

Tuesday 3 May, 2005

The Second World War ended in Germany on May 8, 1945, with the unconditional surrender of the German forces. We've gathered articles dealing with various aspects of the war. Sonja Margolina looks at the Russian perspective: victory celebrations and re-Stalinisation. Adam Krzeminski analyses the competing myths in Eastern Europe, while Jörg Friedrich sees the Allied bombings of German and Japanese cities as the first act of the Cold War. And two articles by Götz Aly look at "Hitlers Volksstaat" and the state of the memorials in Berlin.
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As many wars as nations

Wednesday 6 April, 2005

May the 8th is the anniversary of the end of WW II, but was it really a liberation? Each European country has a different memory of the war, and there is no real consensus on the Holocaust either. With the EU entry of the Eastern European countries the competing myths will no longer exist in isolation, but will have to be contested with the neighbours. By Adam Krzeminski
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The Mongol devastations

Tuesday 5 April, 2005

The Americans and British practised the systematic annihilation of entire cities and their populations in the Second World War. Their main goal was to impress Stalin. The burning of Dresden was the first act of the Cold War. By Jörg Friedrich
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The woes of Berlin's memorials

Friday 18 March, 2005

The monuments to the victims of the Nazi era are in a miserable state. Götz Aly has made himself very unpopular in making this very clear.
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Thankmar, the young Krahl

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

From right wing fraternities to the red dawn of Marxism. In his short life, the charismatic student revolutionary Hans-Jürgen Krahl went from the far right to the far left. A biographical sketch by Gerd Koenen.
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I am the people

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

In response to the furore caused by Oliver Hirschbiegel's film "The Downfall", historian Götz Aly describes how many Germans were seduced by National Socialism's heady mix of generous state handouts and high-speed history making.
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Not a living soul around

Tuesday 1 March, 2005

"Quite possibly, as time goes by, we tend to perceive the 'prison of nations', as the Austro-Hungarian Empire was called in those days, as something like a prototype, albeit an imperfect one, for a united Europe." Polish author Andrzej Stasiuk wanders through the landscapes of World War One in Eastern Europe.
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