Tag: Adolf Hitler

All of the signs were in English. For most Berliners, the language is so common, they take it for granted. Especially for a city in which a quarter of the population is international. (More…)

Given the extent of the far-right resurgence in Europe over the last decade, it’s often difficult to predict where the shock waves are going to come next.  On 5 February, it was Thuringia’s turn. (More…)

Perhaps it is a sign of the wounds inflicted by National Socialism that so much speculative fiction has been written exploring how things might have turned out differently. (More…)

Chaos reigned on the road between Musso and Dongo, two small towns north of Lake Como. (More…)

I’ve never gotten the hang of taking trains in Germany. I avoid using them whenever possible. (More…)

“You must come to Auschwitz. I go there once a year, with a group of third-generation Holocaust survivors.” Blond-haired and blue-eyed, in his late thirties, I found it hard to place him there. (More…)

In 1934, in the infamous Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler ordered the liquidation of the entire leadership of the paramilitary SA, led by Hitler’s one-time second-in-command Ernst Röhm. (More…)

The first time the heads of Italy and Germany’s two biggest fascist parties met was in Venice, in June 1934. Things didn’t go so well for Benito Mussolini, who, a longtime hero of the new German chancellor, sought Adolf Hitler’s assurance that Italy could control Austria. (More…)

Populism is the political order of the day, both in Europe and, with a somewhat different texture and topography, in the United States.  At the same time, the heritage of the Holocaust, as a defining event and an ethically foundational moment in European history seems to be in decline, even where it is not under direct attack. (More…)