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Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

Part of the West? 'German Leftists Have Still Not Understood Putin'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2014

Many in Germany would like to see their country strive for equidistance between the West and Russia. In an interview, German historian Heinrich August Winkler harshly criticizes that stance and explains how some Germans have romanticized Putin. By Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]

Files Uncovered: Nazi Veterans Created Illegal Army

Files Uncovered: Nazi Veterans Created Illegal Army

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 14, 2014

Newly discovered documents show that in the years after World War II, former members of the Nazi Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS formed a secret army to protect the country from the Soviets. The illegal project could have sparked a major scandal at the time. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

A Revolution in Killing: The Technological Innovations of WWI

A Revolution in Killing: The Technological Innovations of WWI

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 25, 2014

A new era in warfare was born on the battlefields of Flanders in 1915. German troops launched a chlorine gas attack in the first ever large-scale use of chemical weapons. It was but one of the technical innovations seen during World War I, and not all of them were as deadly. By Felix Bohr more... Comment ]

Prison of the Past: A Reporter Revisits His 'Shameful' Coverage of Rwanda

Prison of the Past: A Reporter Revisits His 'Shameful' Coverage of Rwanda

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2014

Twenty years ago on April 6, the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda began. At the time, many Western reporters played it down as "ethnic warfare," including Bartholomäus Grill, now a correspondent for SPIEGEL. He looks back with shame. By Bartholomäus Grill more... Comment ]

Europe's Sin: Caribbean States Call for Slavery Reparations

Europe's Sin: Caribbean States Call for Slavery Reparations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2014

The leaders of 15 Caribbean countries are calling for reparations from European countries relating to the slave trade that took place 200 years ago. A lawyer representing them says the legacy of slavery still plagues the region today. Interview Conducted by Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Going Bats: German Reunification Memorials Hit the Wall

Going Bats: German Reunification Memorials Hit the Wall

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2014

Two monuments to East Germany's peaceful revolution of 1989 were supposed to be unveiled in time for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this autumn. But due to a raft of obstacles, from roosting bats to technical challenges, neither project will be ready on time. By Stefan Berg and Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

Xi Jinping's Germany Trip: Berlin Nixes Holocaust Memorial Request

Xi Jinping's Germany Trip: Berlin Nixes Holocaust Memorial Request

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 03, 2014

Amid tensions over Japan's historical war crimes, Chinese President Xi Jinping had wanted Chancellor Angela Merkel to show him World War II memorials during his upcoming visit to Berlin. Germany, however, wants no part of Beijing's propaganda offensive. more... Comment ]

World War I Guilt: Culpability Question Divides Historians Today

World War I Guilt: Culpability Question Divides Historians Today

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2014

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and the 75th of the start of World War II. Questions over the degree of German guilt remain contentious among historians, who have been fighting over the issue for years. By Dirk Kurbjuweit 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 ]

Century of Violence: What World War I Did to the Middle East

Century of Violence: What World War I Did to the Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 31, 2014

World War I may have ended in 1918, but the violence it triggered in the Middle East still hasn't come to an end. Arbitrary borders drawn by self-interested imperial powers have left a legacy that the region has not been able to overcome. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Mad King Ludwig? Study Claims Bavarian Monarch Was Sane

Mad King Ludwig? Study Claims Bavarian Monarch Was Sane

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 31, 2014

People have long believed that Bavarian King Ludwig II, the man responsible for building the famous castle of Neuschwanstein, was mentally ill. Indeed, he was dethroned for that very reason. But a recent study casts doubt on that diagnosis. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]