The Bosnian Knot: Conflicts Unchanged in Birthplace of WWI

The Bosnian Knot: Conflicts Unchanged in Birthplace of WWI

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 16, 2014

The 1914 assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo came in the midst of a bitter power struggle among major European powers in the Balkans. One hundred years and three devastating wars later, peace still eludes the multi-ethnic region. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]

Stolen Triumph: Russia Revisits Pivotal Role in World War I

Stolen Triumph: Russia Revisits Pivotal Role in World War I

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 13, 2014

At the beginning of World War I, Russia was a member of the Triple Entente, which went on to win the conflict. By then, however, the Russian czarist empire had vanished and the war was swept under the historical rug. Putin is now bringing it back. By Christian Neef more... Comment ]


Faraway, So Close: Why WWI Still Haunts Europe a Century Later

Faraway, So Close: Why WWI Still Haunts Europe a Century Later

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 08, 2014

It has now been 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, but the European catastrophe remains relevant today. As the Continent looks back this year, old wounds could once again be rubbed raw. By Klaus Wiegrefe more... Comment ]

Dresden Museum: Soldiers Confront a Complex Military History

Dresden Museum: Soldiers Confront a Complex Military History

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

The Military History Museum in Dresden has become an important resource for German soldiers, particularly as they wrestle with their evolving role in German society and in the world. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]


Remembering WWI: German Hopes for Centenary May Be Dashed

Remembering WWI: German Hopes for Centenary May Be Dashed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 29, 2013

Germany sees the World War I centenary as a chance to promote European integration and arrive at a shared remembrance of the disaster. But that may be too ambitious. For many countries, remembering the war is likely to remain a national affair. By David Crossland in Ypres, Belgium more... Comment ]

The Beat Goes On: Legendary Berlin Dance Hall Turns 100

The Beat Goes On: Legendary Berlin Dance Hall Turns 100

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2013

Clärchens Ballhaus has seen illegal dueling, Nazi dancing bans, wartime destruction and communist black-marketeering. Fans celebrating its 100th anniversary this week say it retains a timeless charm that makes it an enduring icon of Berlin nightlife. By Kristen Allen more... Comment ]


Envoy Sent to London: Berlin Denies Rift with UK over WWI Centenary

Envoy Sent to London: Berlin Denies Rift with UK over WWI Centenary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2013

The German government has denied British media reports that it tried to influence the tone of Britain's planned ceremonies to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. A spokesman has confirmed Germany sent an envoy to London to discuss the plans, though. By Friederike Heine more... Comment ]

German Subs: Sunken WWI U-Boats a Bonanza for Historians

German Subs: Sunken WWI U-Boats a Bonanza for Historians

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 19, 2013

British archaeologists recently discovered more than 40 German U-boats sunk during World War I off the coast of England. Now they are in a race against time to learn the secrets hidden in their watery graves. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]


WWI Legacy in French Caves: Wall Carvings Convey Soldiers' Pride and Sorrow

WWI Legacy in French Caves: Wall Carvings Convey Soldiers' Pride and Sorrow

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 12, 2012

Stone quarries in France sheltered thousands of troops during World War I. Amid the carnage and the fear, French soldiers showed startling artistry by making wall carvings that conveyed their patriotism, their homesickness -- and their love of red wine. A local group is cataloguing the murals and campaigning to preserve them for posterity. By David Crossland in Confrécourt, France more...

The Pipe-Smoking Buccaneer: City Frees Its Maverick Savior from Nazi Taint

The Pipe-Smoking Buccaneer: City Frees Its Maverick Savior from Nazi Taint

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 29, 2012

Felix Graf von Luckner was a World War I pirate hero, best-selling author and all-round character. Although the pipe-smoking daredevil saved the German city of Halle from being destroyed by Allied bombs, it never recognized him because of his alleged Nazi ties. Now, historians have concluded that Luckner may have been a rogue, but he was never an actual Nazi. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]