Joel Schalit / 17 Jun 2020

George Floyd in Germany

The America Problem

All of the signs were in English. For most Berliners, the language is so common, they take it for granted. Especially for a city in which a quarter of the population is international.(...)
The better country. Berlin, 5 February.
Joe Keady / 12 Feb 2020

German Democracy in Crisis

Alternative für Deutschland in Thuringia

Given the extent of the far-right resurgence in Europe over the last decade, it's often difficult to predict where the shock waves are going to come next.  On 5 February, it was Thuringia's turn. (...)

They once left for Auschwitz from here. Milano Centrale, July 2019.
John Foster / 10 Jan 2020

Imagining a Europe Made Whole

Simone Zelitsch’s Judenstaat

Perhaps it is a sign of the wounds inflicted by National Socialism that so much speculative fiction has been written exploring how things might have turned out differently. (...)

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.(...)

Matt Rubenstein / 29 Apr 2019

Pinkwashing Fascism

Alternative für Deutschland and the Gay Right

In 1934, in the infamous Night of the Long Knives, Adolf Hitler ordered the liquidation of the entire leadership of the paramilitary SA, led by Hitler’s one-time second-in-command Ernst Röhm.(...)

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.(...)

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