The Harrowing First Report From Dachau Concentration Camp, in 1934
October 16, 2014
"They compelled him to swim in ice-cold water while they lashed him with oxtails. After four days of torture he was shot."
Nazi doctors first discovered the link between smoking and lung cancer.
John McCain Compared Putin to Hitler, But No One Noticed
April 24, 2014
Like, Really Compared Him To Hitler.
No, Mein Kampf Is Not an Amazon Bestseller
January 24, 2014
Is anyone really buying Mein Kampf?
On the Use and Abuse of Munich
December 03, 2013
The 1938 conference between Chamberlain and Hitler is misunderstood. And the blowhards who constantly evoke its memory are dangerous.
Finally, a Munich Analogy That Makes Sense
September 17, 2013
Rare is the occasion when you can invoke Munich without embarrassment.
June 23, 2012
IN APRIL 1945, there was a parliamentary by-election in Motherwell, a steel town east of Glasgow and a seemingly safe Labour seat. Since the day almost five years earlier when Winston Churchill formed the great all-party government that waged and won the war, there had been a “party truce.” Special elections had been uncontested among the coalition partners (Tory, Labour, and Liberals), though that didn’t stop independents or downright cranks from running—and sometimes winning.
When Francois Hollande, the newly elected president of France, arrives today in Berlin for his first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it will kindle memories of the long history of Franco-German partnership in leading the European Union. In France, it may even trigger the traditional condescension Parisian politicians feel towards their neighbors: the lumbering German economic giant that relies on French diplomatic, military, and nuclear savoir faire to achieve political clout. Increasingly, however, such sentiments are mere nostalgia.
July 13, 2011
When Rupert Murdoch acquired The Times of London and The Sunday Times in 1981, he also acquired a board of “independent national directors”-among them, the historian Hugh Trevor-Roper. Two years later, by way of a shady German tabloid, The Sunday Times bought the rights to a series of newly discovered journals supposedly written by Adolf Hitler. Some of us thought this didn’t so much just smell fishy as reek, coming as it did after a long line of similar forgeries.