Germany

The Forest and the Trees
August 07, 1995

Landscape and Memory by Simon Schama (Knopf, 652 pp., $40) We rush across the gleaming surface of the ocean, moving rapidly but smoothly above the untroubled beauty of the dark waters. Jagged cliffs and wild surf, rugged hills and lush grass pass beneath us. Music plays. Finally we reach our destination, where the action begins. It may be a prison from which a psychopathic bomber prepares to break out, or a clearing where poor Scottish farmers will discover the hanged bodies of their chiefs, or a village where women will be impregnated by aliens.

The Closing Door
December 26, 1993

Nathan Glazer: Can we restrict immigration?

The Old War
August 30, 1993

After ideology, corruption.

Nazi Hunting
December 23, 1991

Buruma: Are there any fascists left in East Berlin?

The German Delusion
November 11, 1991

The Editors in 1991 on why Germany isn’t ready to play a key role in Western European Union.

Funny Money
July 01, 1991

Niall Ferguson asks whether a European economic and monetary union will work.

Seeing is Believing
December 18, 1989

East Berliners head West.

How Buildings Remember
August 28, 1989

“Did you see the gas vans?” Claude Lanzmann asks Mrs. Michelsohn, an old German woman, in his film Shoah. Mrs. Michelsohn lived in Chelmno, 50 yards from the spot where Jews were loaded onto the vans at the Nazi extermination center. “No,” she answers at first, with a look of annoyance. Then her face registers the recognition that Lanzmann and his movie cameras will not be deflected. “Yes,” she acknowledges, she saw the vans, “from the outside. They shuttled back and forth. I never looked inside; I didn’t see the Jews in them.

The Telltale Scar
August 07, 1989

Budapest—On the banks of the Danube, it is quite natural to ask whether the idea of Central Europe has been just a whim of a few intellectuals, or acquires now a new significance thanks to the aspirations for democracy that have been reawakened in many countries. The simple fact is that our perspective, whether we are Poles or Hungarians or Yugoslavs, is different from the perspective of Western Europeans, Russians, or Americans.

Lives Of The Saints
October 31, 1988

Understanding the Beatles and Beatlemania.

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