A Nazi Critic and a Gestapo Spy: 'You Can't Report Your Own Father!'

A Nazi Critic and a Gestapo Spy: 'You Can't Report Your Own Father!'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 08, 2019

The Gestapo spy Paul Reckzeh denounced a group of Nazi critics in Berlin and two of them were executed. Irmgard Ruppel was the last survivor of the group, and in an interview five decades later, she told the story of what happened. Interview Conducted by Marianne Wellershoff more...

Broken Bond: The Little-Known Tragedy of Forced Adoptions in East Germany

Broken Bond: The Little-Known Tragedy of Forced Adoptions in East Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 07, 2019

The East German state had a habit of taking children from politically undesirable parents and giving them up for adoption. It is a horrific aspect of the communist regime that has never received the attention it deserves. That may now be changing. By Annette Großbongardt more...


Saving a Memorial: The Immense Challenge of Preserving Auschwitz

Saving a Memorial: The Immense Challenge of Preserving Auschwitz

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 16, 2019

Conservators at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial are doing all they can to preserve artifacts left behind by those murdered at the camp in the Holocaust. Structures, too, need refurbishment. But the goal of authenticity is a difficult one to reach. By Martin Doerry more... Comment ]

A Lost Childhood: To Auschwitz and Back

A Lost Childhood: To Auschwitz and Back

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2018

The Germans stole Josef Salomonovic's childhood, but his mother wouldn't let him die -- neither in the Lodz ghetto nor in Auschwitz. This summer, he returned to the place where he was saved. By Takis Würger more... Comment ]


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 ]