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German-Jewish Children of Fortune

- A global history of my family

Michael Wolffsohn's paternal grandfather Karl was a leading light of the Berlin entertainment industry-but in 1939 he was forced into exile and immigrated to Palestine. Justus Saalheimer, Wolffsohn's maternal grandfather, was interned in Dachau in November 1938. Following his release in ...


Chancellor of Peace: Willy Brandt between War and Terror

1972 - 1973, with contributions by Thomas Brechenmacher, Lisa Wreschniok, and Till Rüger

The Middle Eastern politics of the Brandt era and their consequences
Even today, Willy Brandt's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize and the aura attached to his Ostpolitik cast a long shadow. His kneeling in Warsaw is legendary. However, the West German to the Middle East approach ...

The Faustian Pact

Goethe and the Goethe Society in the Third Reich

Goethe, co-opted

Goethe's life is so richly documented and his life so multi-faceted that he is easily co-opted by vastly different opinion leaders. For the Goethe Society - founded in 1885 in Weimar - even before the Machtergreifung in 1933, he was less of the enlightened humanist ...


The Abdication

The decline of the German monarchy

1918 saw the abdication not only of William II, the German Emperor and King of Prussia, but three other kings and regents of the innumerable German royal houses - a unique historical phenomenon and a truly spectacular sequence of events. Conceived in commendably lucid, eidetic language, Lothar ...


Oh My God, the Church!

The number of church-goers has been decreasing steadily over recent years as people withdraw from organised religion en masse. Martin Urban argues that the Protestant church has only itself to blame - it has forgotten its original credo of enlightenment and is becoming ever more conservative and ...

Bismarck-Germany's Demon Chancellor

Many people still consider Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898)-the 'Iron Chancellor' who founded the German Empire in 1871-Germany's foremost statesman. Johannes Willms draws a different picture, showing Bismarck as a dyed-in-the-wool opportunist, a cunning, power-hungry ...


The Black German

Witnessing history through the eyes of a German-African

This is the story of a man born in Berlin in 1925, the son of a German mother and a Cameroonian father. When his father came to Germany, Cameroon was still a German colony, but after the First World War the Empire was lost and the atmosphere grew increasingly hostile. Black people were reduced ...

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As We Were Rusting in Our Harbours

Germany, Great Britain and the War at Sea, 1914 - 1918

The First World War saw little in the way of naval conflict and few casualties. The one big sea-battle, at Skagerrak in 1916, had little effect on the outcome of the war. Today that might strike us as fortunate for all involved, but at the time Europe was in the grips of a spirit of militant ...

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A Short History of Germany Since 1945

A compact, vivid and informative introduction to German history from 1945 to the present.

In twelve clearly structured chapters, Jürgen Weber describes the history of Germany after the Second World War, including its beginnings under allied occupation, the changing roles and influences ...
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