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Interview with an Auschwitz Guard: 'I Do Not Feel Like a Criminal'

Interview with an Auschwitz Guard: 'I Do Not Feel Like a Criminal'

August 28, 2014, 02:24 PM

As a young man, Jakob W. worked in the watchtowers of Auschwitz. Charges against him were recently dropped, but he described to SPIEGEL what it was like to be a cog in the Nazis' horrific machinery of death.  Interview Conducted by Felix Bohr, Cordula Meyer and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]


The Auschwitz Files: Why the Last SS Guards Will Go Unpunished

The Auschwitz Files: Why the Last SS Guards Will Go Unpunished

August 28, 2014, 01:18 PM

In February, German prosecutors conducted a wave of raids targeting former SS concentration camp guards. It was hoped the proceedings could help make up for decades of inaction. Instead, they will likely mark the latest chapter in the German judiciary's shameful approach to the Holocaust. By Klaus Wiegrefe more...


Targeting Turkey: How Germany Spies on Its Friends

Targeting Turkey: How Germany Spies on Its Friends

August 18, 2014, 02:14 PM

For more than a year now, German officials have criticized the US for the NSA's mass spying on Europeans and even Chancellor Angela Merkel. Now, embarrassing revelations show that Germany has inadvertently spied on Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and has also deliberately targeted Turkey. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Burger Blues: Ailing Fair a Measure of German-American Ties

Burger Blues: Ailing Fair a Measure of German-American Ties

August 14, 2014, 12:59 PM

Berlin is home to an annual fair dedicated to all things Americana. The recent decline of the carnival says a lot about the poor current state of German-American relations. By Simon Pfanzeit more... Comment ]

For Erdogan, or Against Him: Turks in Germany Get the Vote

For Erdogan, or Against Him: Turks in Germany Get the Vote

August 06, 2014, 03:28 PM

For decades, Turks in Germany weren't able to vote, neither in their homeland nor in their adopted country. Now, Prime Minister Erdogan has changed that in the search for more support. But the Turkish electorate in Germany is torn. By Katrin Elger and Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister: 'European Peace Is At Stake'

German Foreign Minister: 'European Peace Is At Stake'

July 28, 2014, 12:52 PM

In an interview, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, 58, says the downing of an aircraft carrying 300 Europeans convinced EU leaders of the need for tougher new sanctions against Moscow. German industry, he says, is on board too. Interview Conducted by Nikolaus Blome more... Comment ]

East Germany's Blood Art: No Justice for Victims of Regime's Treasure Hunt

East Germany's Blood Art: No Justice for Victims of Regime's Treasure Hunt

July 24, 2014, 05:39 PM

East German officials systematically stole from the country's art collectors and sold their possessions to raise hard currency. Families have sought for years to reclaim the treasures or to obtain compensation. In a rare success, one family in America recently retrieved some of its heirlooms. By Rainer Erices, Nicola Kuhrt and Peter Wensierski more... Comment ]

The Bearable Lightness of Being: How Germans Are Learning to Like Themselves

The Bearable Lightness of Being: How Germans Are Learning to Like Themselves

July 17, 2014, 05:07 PM

Germans discovered a new lightness of being in the run-up to their World Cup victory. It's a shift apparent not only in football. Increasingly confident and content, Germany is emerging from the dark shadows of its past, but its global role remains elusive. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

The Buzz in Berlin: Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down?

The Buzz in Berlin: Is Merkel Thinking of Stepping Down?

July 16, 2014, 02:42 PM

Angela Merkel turns 60 this week and is celebrating the pinnacle of her political career, highly popular and uncontested in office. Still, many in her cabinet and party believe she will step down as chancellor before her current term ends. By Nikolaus Blome more... Comment ]

Hunting American Spooks: Germany Prepares Further Spying Clampdown

Hunting American Spooks: Germany Prepares Further Spying Clampdown

July 14, 2014, 06:40 PM

The latest revelations of US spying on Germany have unleashed unprecedented levels of distrust in Berlin. The government has already expelled the CIA's chief here and may soon be planning additional measures as it seeks answers from Washington. more... Comment ]

Blood, Sweat and Tears: Team Spirit Leads Germany to 1-0 World Cup Win

Blood, Sweat and Tears: Team Spirit Leads Germany to 1-0 World Cup Win

July 14, 2014, 01:46 PM

Sunday's German World Cup win was no fluke, but a hard-won victory and a triumph of team spirit, best embodied by the indelible image of Bastian Schweinsteiger's bloody facial wound. By Sara Peschke and Rafael Buschmann in Rio de Janeiro more... Comment ]

World Cup Triumph: Germany Earned It

World Cup Triumph: Germany Earned It

July 14, 2014, 01:00 PM

Over the past eight years, Germany has worked hard to transform its football team. Sunday night's dramatic extra-time World Cup win shows that, while you can never plan for good luck, hard work and doggedness will go a long way in fostering it. A Commentary By Christian Gödecke more... Comment ]