Articles

Forward into the Past

When Austria's Jörg Haider commended Hitler's "orderly" employment policies and praised former members of the Waffen SS as "decent men of good character" he was...

Haider in His Own Words

Jörg Haider is accused of making statements that seem to praise certain aspects of Nazism. Here's what he actually said:February, 1985When then Austrian Defense...

Plunder and Provenance

For more than sixty years, all ruth Haller had of her father's extensive modern art collection were distant memories. Ismar Littmann died in 1934, and Haller...

History

The people who brought you last week's blitzkrieg of antismoking billboards may have an unlikely forebear: ADOLF HITLER. In his forthcoming The Nazi War on...

Adolf Hitler

Not being a professional historian, I take on this essay with fear and trembling. That's because, although defeated, although dead, this man is frightening. What...

ENLISTED KILLERS

AT FIRST, THE POLICE DIDN'T KNOW quite what to make of Randy Lee Meadows Jr. Responding to reports of a shooting in the predominantly black Campbell Terrace...

Soviet Union Will a Weak Democracy Spawn a Dictatorship?

Inflation runs riot, sapping an already weakened economy; people go cold and hungry. A weak democratic government fails to maintain order, and is vilified by...

America Abroad: Defusing the German Bomb

The revolution of 1989 short-circuited history, jolting the late 20th century with some vexations that everyone thought would wait until the 21st. In no time at...

Essay: An Idea Whose Time Is Fading

The etymology can be traced, with rare nicety, to the last Big Bang in world affairs before the current one -- the pivotal autumn of 1945, just after the end of...

Anything to Fear?

Two thousand years ago in the piney fastness of the Teutoburg Forest, near where the city of Bielefeldr is today, an army of German tribesmen lay in wait for...

Essay: How To Deal with Countries Gone Mad

Nothing is more difficult for the reasonable, settled, status quo state than to contemplate fanaticism. Those whose politics is determined by consensus and...

Books: Stained with a Different Darkness

THE CHRONICLE OF THE LODZ GHETTO, 1941-1944 Edited by Lucjan Dobroszycki; translated by Richard Lourie, Joachim Neugroschel and others; Yale; 551 pages;...

Press: Hitler's Diaries: Real or Fake?

West Germany's Stern battles skeptics and former allies Though word of the story had spread for several days, the blood-red banner headline was startling...

Cinema: Germany Without Tears

BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ Directed and Written by R. W. Fassbinder Franz Biberkopf presses his hands to the sides of his head, as if he were about to pulverize a...

West Germany: Black Ink and Red Wax Swastikas

A cache of purported Hitler diaries comes to light When Adolf Hitler shot himself in his Berlin bunker on April 30, 1945, he left behind few written documents...

Cinema: Bund Wagon

LILI MARLEEN Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder Screenplay by Manfred Purzer, Joshua Sinclair and Rainer Werner Fassbinder When she started, in Switzerland in...

The Man Who Would Be Chancellor

If Helmut Kohl replaces Helmut Schmidt as Chancellor, West Germans may notice be shift in political substance soon enough, but the change in style will be...