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Germany's Long Shadow

Adolf Hitler rose to power in 1933 promising a resurgent German empire in the wake of World War I and the Great Depression. Twelve years later Germany lay in rubble following World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust.

Searching for Justice: An SS Soldier and the Massacre in Oradour-sur-Glane

Searching for Justice: An SS Soldier and the Massacre in Oradour-sur-Glane

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 20, 2014

Werner Christukat, 89, has been indicted for participating in the 1944 massacre perpetrated by the SS in Oradour-sur-Glane. He says he wasn't directly involved. Seventy years after the fact, there are more questions than answers, and proof is elusive. By Beate Lakotta more... Comment ]

The Thirty Years' War: How Peace Kept WWI Alive

The Thirty Years' War: How Peace Kept WWI Alive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 07, 2014

On two separate occasions, in 1918 and 1945, the world had to decide what to do with Germany. The second time around, world leaders almost made the same mistakes that failed to keep the Germans down after World War I. By Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

Berlin Blunder: Google Maps Brings Back 'Adolf Hitler Square'

Berlin Blunder: Google Maps Brings Back 'Adolf Hitler Square'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 10, 2014

Online mapping service Google Maps temporarily mislabeled a square in central Berlin with its former Nazi-era name: Adolf Hitler Square. Google couldn't explain the error when contacted by reporters but said they were looking into the matter. more... Comment ]

Neo-Nazi Worries: Bavaria Pulls Plug on Annotated 'Mein Kampf'

Neo-Nazi Worries: Bavaria Pulls Plug on Annotated 'Mein Kampf'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2013

For years, historians in Munich have been working on an annotated edition of Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf" to be released when the copyright expires in 2015. The state of Bavaria gave the green light in 2012 -- but now they are trying to halt the project. more...

Gurlitt Works: A Herculean Task in Identifying Provenance

Gurlitt Works: A Herculean Task in Identifying Provenance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2013

A scholarly task force has been set up to clarify the origins of some of the artworks found in Cornelius Gurlitt's Munich apartment. The group will be led by prominent German art historian and will include two experts with the Jewish Claims Conference. By Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

'A Kind of Fief': Munich Art Hoarder's Father in His Own Words

'A Kind of Fief': Munich Art Hoarder's Father in His Own Words

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

The name Cornelius Gurlitt has hit the headlines recently after the discovery of a massive art collection in his Munich apartment. His art dealer father Hildebrand offered a fascinating insight into his love of paintings in a never-before published text from 1955. more... Comment ]

Constitutional Expressionism: Legal Questions Overwhelm Art Find

Constitutional Expressionism: Legal Questions Overwhelm Art Find

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

There is much consternation among investigators, politicians and academics about how to handle the trove of artworks found in Munich this month. Criticism by Jewish groups abroad is growing, but complex provenance questions could take years to resolve. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Interview with a Phantom: Cornelius Gurlitt Shares His Secrets

Interview with a Phantom: Cornelius Gurlitt Shares His Secrets

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 17, 2013

Cornelius Gurlitt hoarded art treasures his father obtained under dubious circumstances in the Nazi era. The reclusive 80-year-old has given SPIEGEL the first interview since news of their discovery broke two weeks ago. He says the pictures are the love of his life and must be returned. By Özlem Gezer more... Comment ]

Phantom Collector: The Mystery of the Munich Nazi Art Trove

Phantom Collector: The Mystery of the Munich Nazi Art Trove

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2013

The world has been captivated by the discovery of more than 1,400 works of art in a Munich apartment, among them many lost masterpieces stolen by the Nazis. The mystery surrounding the paintings reveals much about the great tragedies of the 20th century -- and Germany's attempt to grapple with its past. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Nazi Scandal: Gestapo Chief Reportedly Buried in Jewish Cemetery

Nazi Scandal: Gestapo Chief Reportedly Buried in Jewish Cemetery

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 31, 2013

As head of the feared Gestapo secret police, Heinrich Müller perpetrated some of the worst crimes of the Nazi regime. His fate was unconfirmed -- but now a newspaper claims he was buried in a Berlin Jewish cemetery in 1945. more... Comment ]