On the Death of Siegfried Lenz ? ?You have to justify your life?

Siegfried Lenz, one of the great writers of German post-war literature is dead. He died on 7 October 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 88 years old.... more more

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The element of madness

Monday 7 December, 2009

The history of German terrorism was also the story of the amour fou between Gudrun Ensslin and Andreas Baader. But this affair caused the breakup of Ensslin's relationship with Bernward Vesper, who was also the father of her child. Their letters, dating from 1968/69, while Ensslin was in Stammheim, offer profound insights into the political pathology of the time. By Gerd Koenen.
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The starting gun for a student movement

Monday 8 June, 2009

The death of student Benno Ohnesorg saw the birth of the West German '68 movement. Now evidence has emerged that Karl-Heinz Kurras, the West German police officer who shot him during a demonstration against the Shah, was a Stasi spy. Wolfgang Kraushaar, an acclaimed chronicler of '68, asks whether the killing was an unofficial East German act of state.
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Back to Rudi Dutschke's pram

Monday 7 January, 2008

So what was 1968? It was when the children of German mass murderers ran after mass murderer Mao Tsedong, says historian and ex-Maoist Götz Aly. Absolutely not, says educationalist and author Katharina Rutschky: The practice of dispelling fascism in the kindergarten was far more important than ideology. Stefan Reinecke and Jan Feddersen preside over a full-blown row.
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"Being high, being free, terrorism's gotta be"

Thursday 6 September, 2007

Thirty years ago, the kidnapping of German industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer by the Red Army Faction signalled the beginning of the Deutscher Herbst, the highpoint of German terrorism. Arno Widmann looks back on the culture of violence in the 1970s.
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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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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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