Redux / 16 Jul 2021

History at a Standstill

Germany and the Roma

One of The Battleground's strongest areas of coverage is Germany. Not just any German topic, but that of the country's continuing problems with racism.(...)
John Foster / 11 Jun 2021

Fascist Identity Politics

Germany: A Nation in Its Time, by Helmut Walser Smith

Nationalism has been the most influential politics in Europe since the dawn of the 19th century (to say nothing for the moment about the wider world).(...)

Joe Keady / 06 Mar 2020

Making Fascism Popular Again

Part II: Combat 18 to the Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund

The handbook of neo-Nazi terror organization Combat 18 (C18) is one part manifesto directed at the group’s “political soldiers” and three parts guide book, with extensive (if vaguely worded) instructions on how to get away with violent actions.(...)
The father of reunification. Mikhail Gorbachev, East Side Gallery.
John Foster / 24 Jan 2020

Remembrance Culture

Hope Harrison’s After the Berlin Wall

Memory is one of the most important elements of modern societies. Nowhere has its centrality been so fully illustrated than in Germany.(...)

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. (...)

I lost my memory. Torino, February 2013.
John Foster / 15 Nov 2019

Scapegoat Politics

Keith Kahn-Harris’ Strange Hate

There is no more fraught a topic than Antisemitism. Antisemitism exposes the truths and contradictions of politics, illustrating the power of history and concepts, but also their limitations. (...)