How a Pope Helped Mussolini Rise to Power
March 08, 2014
But then tried to stop him, before it was too late.
Hillary Clinton reportedly compared Vladimir Putin to Hitler. The analogy is off, and also seems unpresidential (which isn't irrelevant in Clinton's case).
Six Dictators' Favorite Books
January 10, 2014
The literary tastes of dictators are a slightly sordid fascination. Here are the favorite books of a few of our least favorite men.
The Mother of All Nazi Analogies, Now Available at Amazon
November 10, 2013
Attempts to draw parallels between our political debates and Nazi Germany are, as is often lamented, a dime a dozen in contemporary discourse. Rarely, however, do they run to more than 200 pages, plus bibliography.
From the Stacks: “Homage to Thomas Mann”
August 12, 2013
In 1936, Thomas Mann finally broke his silence on a new, Nazi Germany. Here, The New Republic editors' original statement in support of Mann's bold choice.
Anti-Semitism in Western Music
December 21, 2012
The Music Libel Against the JewsBy Ruth HaCohen (Yale University Press, 507 pp., $55) IN NOVEMBER 1934, Privy Councilor Wilhelm Furtwängler, vice president of the Third Reich’s Music Chamber and conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, imprudently took to the pages of the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung to defend the composer Paul Hindemith against the charge of “Jewishness” with which Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister for propaganda and enlightenment of the people, had justified a prohibition on the performance of his work.
Jews, Swedes, and the Shoah, and other films
October 19, 2012
Reviewing new French, Swedish, and Swiss films.
Turkey's Prime Minister Wants War in Syria. Turks Don't.
October 18, 2012
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks tough when it comes to Syria -- and Turkish liberals are pushing back.
From the Archives: Eugene Genovese on Eric Hobsbawm
October 01, 2012
A 1995 review by Eugene Genovese of Eric Hobsbawm’s history of the 20th century.
August 02, 2012
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937–1948 By Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward (Harper Collins, 467 pp., $29.99) MADELEINE ALBRIGHT, née Korbel, is the first woman and the second foreign-born person to have attained to the highest-ranking Cabinet position in the American government, that of secretary of state. She is also the first East European to have served in any Cabinet position.