Sensitive data belonging to hundreds of German politicians, celebrities and public figures has been published online via a Twitter account in what is thought to be one of the largest leaks in the country’s history. The huge cache of documents includes personal phone numbers and addresses, internal party documents, credit card details and private chats.
Germany’s government is dealing with an ongoing security crisis after hackers managed to access its intranet and collect confidential information.
Telecoms regulator urges parents to destroy the devices, which have been used to listen in on classroom lessons.
When American troops headed to Europe, hostility to all things German intensified across the country.
It was the Nazi fear of “racial pollution” that led to the most common trauma suffered by black Germans: the break-up of families. “Mixed” couples were harassed into separating. When others applied for marriage licences, or when a woman was known to be pregnant or had a baby, the black partner became a target for involuntary sterilisation.
"In July 1944 I was working in the kitchen at Birkenau when I saw a woman, whose daughter was in an adjoining camp, go to the dividing wire in order to speak to her daughter. Grese who was passing on a bicycle, immediately got off, took off her leather belt and beat the woman with it. She also beat her on the face and head with her fists, and when the woman fell to the ground she trampled on her. The woman’s face became swollen and blue...the woman was in the hospital for three weeks suffering from the effects of the beating."
Women were active agents in sustaining the terrors experienced by millions during the Holocaust. Many of them were never brought to trial and were able to return to their pre-war, ordinary lives. Before entering the camps they were, to all intents and purposes, ordinary women leading ordinary lives.
On 25 March 1942, 999 girls and women were taken in windowless cattle cars to Auschwitz from Poprad, Slovakia. Now just one is still alive. Edita Grosman, who was 17 at the time, tells her story.
For decades, Germany was thought to be inoculated against far-right politics by its history with Naziism and the Holocaust. But today, Germany is experiencing a resurgence of the right — driven, at least in part, by its effort to overcome past misdeeds by suppressing any vestige of nationalism. When people feel a loss of control, they seek a stronger connection to a group identity, and also become more interested in making their group more powerful. What would really be dangerous is to have a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy in which people feel a likely right-wing shift, and this leads to a perceived norm shift.
It has become known as the first genocide of the 20th century: tens of thousands of men, women and children shot, starved, and tortured to death by German troops as they put down rebellious tribes in what is now Namibia. For more than a century the atrocities have been largely forgotten in Europe, and often in much of Africa too. The killings there and in its territories on the east coast of the continent are seen by some historians as important steps towards the Holocaust in Europe during the second world war.
The Höcker Album is a collection of photographs believed to have been collected by Karl-Friedrich Höcker, an officer for the SS during the Nazi regime in Germany. It contains over one hundred images of the lives and living conditions of the officers and administrators who ran the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex. The album is unique, and an indispensable document of the Holocaust. Of the 6,000 Germans who worked at Auschwitz, a relatively small number faced punishment for their crimes. In August 1965 Höcker was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for aiding and abetting in over 1,000 murders at Auschwitz. He was released in 1970 and was able to return to his bank post as a chief cashier, where he worked until his retirement.
Giving Nazi salutes and pointing pistols at commuters, Rainer Opolka’s wolf statues offer divided Germany a timely reminder of nationalism’s dangers.
By the end of the 1930s, Nazi think tanks had initiated a campaign to save rather than destroy Jewish books. The objective was perverse: to create an awe-inspiring library that would reveal the ways and mores of a soon-to-be-destroyed civilisation. The drive to preserve Jewish literature was as efficient as the one that sought to exterminate its owners.
The concentration camp was an enduring and defining feature of the Third Reich. Internment camps have existed before and since, but only in Nazi Germany were they seen as such an important means of controlling and operating undesirables. They went through many mutations and transformations, but in one thing they remained true to their original vocations: they meant violent treatment under a pseudo-military regimen.
The phenomenon of people walking around with their nose in a smartphone is found all over the world, but naturally the Germans have a word for it – dubbing such people smombies as a contraction of smartphone and zombie.
Emerging from Spandau prison in 1966, Speer set about wooing a generation of journalists and historians: portraying himself as ‘the Good Nazi’, an urbane eyewitness to world-changing events. He was not only saving his own neck, he also provided a living alibi for the German people, confirming their comforting belief that guilt was confined only to a small clique of psychopaths and fanatics.
Jean-Marie Donat’s TeddyBär collection of surreal photographs from the mid-20th century proves it is still possible to discover genuine unearthliness in a vintage find.