Germany

“Should Germany Publish ‘Mein Kampf’?” Is the Wrong Question

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Should German scholars have published a new edition of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf upon the expiration of its copyright? Last week, the manifesto, which the New York Times calls “a combination of memoir, party program, anti-Semitic rant and exposé on how to gain power,” was released in Germany for the first time since 1945, when the Allies banned it and awarded its publication rights to the state of Bavaria. That copyright ended on December 31, 2015.
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From Weimar to Nazism: Tracing Berlin’s History Through Its Art

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Last month, the Neue Galerie in New York City opened the exhibition Berlin Metropolis: 1918–1933, which featured more than 300 works of painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, photography, architecture, and film. The exhibition, which is still ongoing, aims to “cover the city [of Berlin] from various perspectives in order to demonstrate the dramatic changes that occurred at this time” — primarily the Weimar years.
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Adele Returns: Links You Need to See

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After the four-year gap between now and 21, you may have found the lyrics “Never mind I’ll find someone like you” seeming like a necessary mantra as you desperately poured through the works of lesser, belting British pop musicians.
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Christian Kracht’s ‘Imperium’ is a Melvillean Masterpiece of the South Seas

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Long of toenail and hair and beard, the eccentric August Engelhardt shunned clothing and subsisted entirely on coconuts; he was, in other words, a nudist and cocovore. He was also a subject of the German Empire at the turn of the twentieth century, a privilege that gave him the right to purchase land in what was then German New Guinea. His expressed purpose? To establish a nudist colony of coconut-devouring sun-worshippers on the island of Kabakon.
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Flavorwire Exclusive: Read Two Never-Before-Seen Fairy Tales by the Grimms’ Favorite Folklorist

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In March of 2012, the Guardian announced a major literary and cultural discovery: more than 500 new fairy tales had been unearthed in Germany. The haul of stories was vast, impressively so. It contained in its pages a new world of enchanted animals, magic and romance, legend, otherworldly creatures, parables about nature, and wild exaggeration. But there was something else. These tales had been collecting dust in a bunch of old boxes for more than 150 years. This dating is significant: it confirms that the tales are roughly contemporaneous with those of the Brothers Grimm. To be sure, this was an historic and unprecedented discovery. The woman who made it, a cultural curator and folklorist named Erika Eichenseer, compared the collection to “buried treasure.”
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Fascinating Photos of Berlin in the 1980s

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Between 1961 and 1989, the Berlin Wall divided East and West Germany and prevented the mass defection that took place after World War II. It also acted as a symbolic partition between democracy and Communism during the Cold War period. The wall was erected in the middle of the night, but it was torn down just as quickly 28 years later, leading to Germany’s reunification. Chris John Dewitt captured the dark period in the country’s history when the wall stood like an eyesore. The photographer snapped images of both sides, but during a trip to the East, he quickly learned how restrictive even taking a picture would be:
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Flirting With Fascism: The Design World’s Bizarre Romance With Totalitarian Imagery

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Earlier this week, complaints regarding a J.C. Penney billboard in Culver City resulted in the removal of an expensive piece of signage. Apparently, it looked too much like an evil dictator; viewed from a certain angle, the ad for a Michael Graves-designed Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle featured a handle that looked like a neatly parted mop of hair, a spout that resembled a saluting arm, and a lid knob that looked like Oliver Hardy’s adorable toothbrush mustache.
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