Germany

The Greatest Ex-Nazi Writer

Never heard of Gottfried Benn? It's because of his politics

Gottfreid Benn was a Nazi very briefly in the early 1930s. Why did it erase him from literary history?

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World War I analogies are everywhere in the German press.

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He could have pitched the invasion as the reunification of Russia. Instead, he's denying it entirely.

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In Which the Israeli Prime Minister Gives the German Chancellor a Hitler Mustache

Awkward! But not for the reason you think.

Yes, this picture exists. Now let's talk about what it means (and doesn't mean).

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Richard Evans on who caused WWI, the best books to read on it, and whether the modern Middle East will spark the next World War.

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The Betrayal of Angela Merkel

She loved America more than any other European leader. So why did the NSA target her?

Angela Merkel loved America from pretty much the day she was born. The NSA may have ended that.

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Such legal acknowledgement of the existence of intersex conditions, which have been known about for all recorded history, comes surprisingly late. Germany is the first country in Europe, and only the second in the world after Australia, to pass such a law.

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To state the obvious: Angela Merkel, who has just won a third term as German chancellor, isn’t very macho. Her preferred free-time pursuit is recreational nature walking. (Also, baking: she admitted during the campaign season that her husband was sometimes displeased by the paucity of crumbs atop her cakes.) She hardly ever indulges in public demonstrations of authority; she speaks softly, and mostly refrains from displays of emotion, except for occasional flashes of a nervous smile.

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The German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born on this day in 1749. In 1915, George Santayana wrote about the legacy of Geothe, Kant, and Hegel in understanding contemporary Germany. 

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When Evil Was a Social System

The moral burdens of living under communist rule in Eastern Europe

Anne Applebaum and Marci Shore have shown that there is much to know about communism in this century that was not obvious to everyone. Both regard Soviet communism as more intertwined with the history of Nazism than most historians did before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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