Hans Baluschek: The painter who discovered Berlin’s proletariat

WWhen you come out of the stimulating Hans Baluschek retrospective at the Bröhan Museum in Berlin after two hours of enthusiastic shows, the first question is: How can it be that such a fascinating painter, who took care of the poor and the outsiders like no other person who, moreover, was formally far more interesting […]

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 […]

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 […]