The WWII exit. Treptower Park, August 2019
Joel Schalit / 23 Aug 2019

The Russia Among Us

Berlin Ground Zero

Russia never goes out of style. Whether it's blamed for subverting democracy, or praised for its role in defeating fascism, the country gets linked to everything in world politics.(...)
Not Lega voters. Turin, August 2018.
Joel Schalit / 12 Aug 2019

Minister of Hate

Salvini’s Scapegoat Strategy

“Zingaraccia.” Repeated ad nauseum as though it were a mantra, the racist slang (Fucking Gypsy) has become an integral part of Matteo Salvini’s brand.(...)

Joel Schalit / 26 Jun 2019

Turkey From Israel

The View From Above

I could see Istanbul from the plane. Staring out of the Cessna window at the sprawling city below, from the coastline to the horizon, it was hard to believe that there was anything else to Turkey.(...)

Joel Schalit / 31 May 2019

The Blame Game

Germans and Antisemitism

“Their decision was racist,” my attorney said. “There was no legal basis to deny you permanent residency in Germany.”(...)

Joel Schalit / 15 May 2019

The Weight of Auschwitz

Poland Battles With Its Past

“You must come to Auschwitz. I go there once a year, with a group of third-generation Holocaust survivors.” Blond-haired and blue-eyed, in his late thirties, I found it hard to place him there.(...)

Joel Schalit / 19 Apr 2019

In Need of a New Israel Strategy

The EU and Benjamin Netanyahu

Guy Verhofstadt. Massimo D’Alema. Sigmar Gabriel. David Miliband. Over thirty strong, the list of former European foreign ministers and prime ministers had been attached to a letter published in The Guardian, imploring the EU to stay committed to the two-state solution.(...)

The past is forever. Torino, December 2018.
Joel Schalit / 11 Apr 2019

Repetition Syndrome

Towards a Nationalist European Union

The first time the heads of Italy and Germany’s two biggest fascist parties met was in Venice, in June 1934. Things didn’t go so well for Benito Mussolini, who, a longtime hero of the new German chancellor, sought Adolf Hitler’s assurance that Italy could control Austria.(...)
Joel Schalit / 20 Mar 2019

Salvini in Christchurch

Taking Responsibility for Terror

New Zealand could not have been further away. Yet, somehow, Italy’s populist-in-chief found a way to make himself a victim of the Christchurch massacre, by claiming he would be scapegoated for the event.(...)

Joel Schalit / 01 Feb 2019

Remembering Fascism in Germany

Everyone Owns the Shoah

I hate commemorating the Holocaust. Born to WWII generation Israeli-American parents in 1967, the Shoah, as we call it in Hebrew, has always been the cornerstone around which we defined our Jewishness and our politics.(...)

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