End of the war in 1945: When Leni Riefenstahl burned her own films

JAs the end of the war approaches, the more nervous Leni Riefenstahl becomes in 1945. After all, she glorified Hitler in the party conference film, celebrated fascist aesthetics in the Olympic film, and probably every second Allied soldier believes that she is the leader’s lover. In fact, she is on an American list of war […]

“Berlin 1945”: Hanns Zischler on pictures never seen before

WHow can a time be captured in pictures in which the mobile geography of war determines people’s life, which has become precarious? How do you imagine today, 75 years later, a Berlin that stood at the centrifugal beginning and at the centripetal end of this war? The further we move away from the contemporaries of […]

Volker Ullrich: Chronicle of the last week of the Third Reich after Hitler’s death

Siegfried Unseld was one of the first to know. As a marine radio operator, the then twenty-year-old Suhrkamp publisher was one of the radio squads that transmitted messages from the naval commander-in-chief, Grand Admiral Dönitz, in the last few weeks of the war. Unseld’s radio station at Dönitz’s improvised headquarters in Plön in Holstein was […]