Political Poison: The Fraught Cold War History of Novichok

Political Poison: The Fraught Cold War History of Novichok

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2018

The attack on former spy Sergei Skripal thrust the nerve agent Novichok into the spotlight. For many, it was the first time they had heard of the poison, but it has long been a bone of contention between Moscow and the West. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

Nuclear Disarmament: How Helmut Kohl Nearly Prolonged the Cold War

Nuclear Disarmament: How Helmut Kohl Nearly Prolonged the Cold War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2018

Newly released secret documents reveal that Chancellor Helmut Kohl opposed negotiating with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the late stages of the Cold War. Had the West German leader prevailed, it's likely the conflict would have ended very differently. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]


History Comes Full Circle: Berlin Before and After the Wall

History Comes Full Circle: Berlin Before and After the Wall

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2018

The Berlin Wall stood for exactly 28 years, two months and 26 days. It has now been gone for as long as it was in place. These photos show a city that hasn't done badly for itself in the years since reunification. By Christoph Gunkel more... Video | Comment ]

Nazis on the Roof of the World: A Bizarre SS Expedition to Tibet

Nazis on the Roof of the World: A Bizarre SS Expedition to Tibet

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2017

In 1938, an SS expedition led by German zoologist Ernst Schäfer trekked to Tibet, returning with priceless animal specimens. Many believe they had actually been sent to search for a lost Aryan race, but a new book argues that the truth is more complicated. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]


Ludwig II of Bavaria: The Kitsch King's Palaces Get a Facelift

Ludwig II of Bavaria: The Kitsch King's Palaces Get a Facelift

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2016

Bavaria's King Ludwig II is largely remembered for the numerous fairytale palaces he built in the Alpine foothills of Bavaria, including Neuschwanstein castle. Now, though, many of them are in need of serious restoration work. And it's not going to be easy. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

Book of Hate: The Bold Attempt to Demystify Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'

Book of Hate: The Bold Attempt to Demystify Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2016

For the first time since 1945, Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' is available for sale in Germany. With a new annotated edition, Historians hope to "defuse" the Nazi-era bestseller. Even after seven decades, it remains a dangerous proposition. By Martin Doerry and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]


Munich Olympic Terrorist Attacks: German Ex-Interior Minister Disputes Torture Claims

Munich Olympic Terrorist Attacks: German Ex-Interior Minister Disputes Torture Claims

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2015

Were the victims of the terrorist attacks on the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich tortured? Their relatives claim they were, but the evidence suggests otherwise. Then-German Interior Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher disputes the reports. By Einat Keinan and Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

The Last of His Kind: What Helmut Schmidt Meant to Germany and the World

The Last of His Kind: What Helmut Schmidt Meant to Germany and the World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2015

He was respected as chancellor, and adored as elder statesman. Helmut Schmidt's long and full life made him a historical figure -- one who transformed Germany with his deeds and words. By Hartmut Palmer and Gerhard Spörl more... Comment ]


Hitler's Bronze Horses: How Fans Smuggled Nazi Art To West Germany

Hitler's Bronze Horses: How Fans Smuggled Nazi Art To West Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2015

In one of the most curious stories of art smuggling from the Eastern Bloc prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall, two classic car dealers smuggled Nazi artworks from a Soviet barracks to West Germany in 1989. The full account is only now coming to light. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

Iranian Hostage Crisis: West Germany's Secret Role in Ending the Drama

Iranian Hostage Crisis: West Germany's Secret Role in Ending the Drama

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 04, 2015

In 1981, Jimmy Carter said the world could never know West Germany's role in the negotations for the release of 52 hostages from the US Embassy in Tehran. New research sheds light on the important part the country played in ending the crisis. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]