John Foster / 01 Mar 2019

The New Radical Chic

Enzo Traverso’s The New Faces of Fascism

It has been a nostrum of European life since 1945 that its epitaph was written amid piles of corpses and mountains of ash in the death camps of the Third Reich. But there is no idea so awful or bankrupt that, with the passage of time, will not seem ripe for rebirth.(...)

Johannes Simon / 27 Feb 2019

Back in Their Tanks Again

Germany and Its Military

In a widely noticed speech at the 2014 Munich Security Conference, President Joachim Gauck called on Germany to play a more “active” role in the world. This would include “not to say ‘no’ on principle” to military interventions.(...)

Ready for duty. German paratrooper, 2012.
Johannes Simon / 20 Feb 2019

No More Mr Nice Country

Germany and Its Military

I tried to get out of military service, I really did. When I was called up for inspection in 2010, it was easier than ever to evade the draft. They just didn’t seem to care anymore.(...)

Mitchell Plitnick / 08 Feb 2019

The Palestine Problem

A Progressive Jewish View of the EU

“Israel is outraged over the legislation against it in the Dail which is indicative of hypocrisy and anti-Semitism.” That was the statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the lower house of the Irish parliament advanced a bill in late January that would make it illegal for anyone in Ireland to buy goods or services from Israel’s settlements in the West Bank.(...)

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.(...)

A Day to Remember

Travelling Through History

The passengers were black. The conductor was black. Everyone was speaking fluent English. Accented, that is. They must be from Liberia or Ghana, I reckoned.(...)

John Foster / 30 Jan 2019

Holocaust for Populists

National Pride, Not Genocide

Populism is the political order of the day, both in Europe and, with a somewhat different texture and topography, in the United States.  At the same time, the heritage of the Holocaust, as a defining event and an ethically foundational moment in European history seems to be in decline, even where it is not under direct attack.(...)

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