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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 ]

Normandy Secrets: Forgotten Nazi Arms Caches a Bonanza for Historians

Normandy Secrets: Forgotten Nazi Arms Caches a Bonanza for Historians

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 13, 2015

For decades, a vast network of Nazi arms caches and supply depots in the forest of Normandy lay forgotten. Now, research shows the extent to which the Wehrmacht sought to defend itself against the impending Allied invasion. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]


Art World Hunt: The Quest for Hitler's Lost Treasures

Art World Hunt: The Quest for Hitler's Lost Treasures

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 26, 2015

A Dutch detective and Berlin police spent months searching for art commissioned by Hitler that went missing after German reunification. Officials finally recovered the dubious works in raids last week -- here's how they did it. By Konstantin von Hammerstein more... Comment ]

Nazi Art: Sculptures from Hitler's Chancellery Discovered

Nazi Art: Sculptures from Hitler's Chancellery Discovered

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 22, 2015

The sculptures had been missing for decades. But on Wednesday, investigators found pieces of Nazi art that had once adorned Hitler's Chancellery in Berlin. more...


Postwar Rape: Were Americans As Bad as the Soviets?

Postwar Rape: Were Americans As Bad as the Soviets?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 02, 2015

In the popular imagination, American GIs in postwar Germany were well-liked and well-behaved. But a new book claims that US soldiers raped up to 190,000 women at the end of World War II. Is there any truth to the controversial claim? By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

From Berlin to Santa Monica: Isherwood's Legacy Lives on in Don Bachardy

From Berlin to Santa Monica: Isherwood's Legacy Lives on in Don Bachardy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 20, 2014

In 1968, David Hockney completed a portrait of one of the 20th century's most vibrant pairings: author Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy. The gay couple opened their home, where the painter still lives today, to Hollywood's luminaries. By Philipp Oehmke more... Comment ]