Category Archives: History
Looks like the Germans beat you to the draw on this one, cancel culture commissioners.
But chin up. The methods you use to silence the un-woke are much more effective.
Nazi book burnings in Germany – archive, May 1933 – 10 May 1933: Students in uniform around the country burn thousands of books deemed to be un-German.
Thousands of curious spectators lined the pavements this evening to watch the procession of Nazi students on their way to a gala on the Opera Square, where they burned a huge quantity of “un-German” books. The students, who were in uniform, escorted six vans of the doomed books, as well as confiscated emblems of the Jewish fraternities.
They Sure Look Echt To Me
German of the day: Echt. That means genuine.
But there’s no fake news out there, right? Trust the media. The news experts.
Fake Hitler diaries to go on public display in Germany – Forged papers that caused a scandal when they were published as real in 1983 will be given to national archive.
I miss the Cold War too. Good times. MAD times (Mutually Assured Destruction).
How I do wish we could turn back the clock.
After the wall came down – with the more benign cousin of today’s callous capitalism the victor – we took a summer trip to Berlin in the ever-dependable family BMW (it looked like an East German Trabbi compared to modern cars today). I remember sitting in the back listening to Madonna’s latest album on my Walkman as the bright energetic Berlin streets slipped by the car window. Besides the Brandenburg Gate, we bought giant furry Russian winter hats and military cap badges and chunks of the wall being sold on lines of tables.
Happy days. The global standoff was over, with us coming out on top. How did we let that slip through our fingers?
After All She’s Done
And it was a lot. A whole lot. WAY TOO MUCH, actually. We ought to decorate her!
They can decorate her every year for Christmas for all I care. She’ll be going down in history alright. But it will not be kind.
Angela Merkel receives Germany’s highest honor – Merkel is only the third German chancellor to receive the award, but some felt it was too soon to rank her among the country’s ‘greats.’
The Mighty German Bundeswehr Is Threatening Russia
With tanks that don’t roll, aircraft that don’t fly, ships that don’t sail and broomsticks instead of guns.
The Bundeswehr couldn’t threaten its way out of a paper bag, Vlad. But tanks for the backhanded compliment anyway.
Putin says Russia faces German tanks, just like at Stalingrad, but hints that this time Moscow has nukes – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday leveled another veiled nuclear threat in relation to the war in Ukraine as he ripped into Germany for providing battle tanks to Kyiv, while comparing Russia’s unprovoked invasion of its next-door neighbor to the Soviet Union’s fight against the Nazis during World War II.
I See Germany, I See France
I see the same old phony song and dance.
Best friends forever! Sort of.
At joint appearances, Macron and Scholz like to ritually reaffirm their nations’ close relations, but so far there has not been much evidence of personal closeness. Politically, too, there is a certain friction at the moment, especially on how to deal with the war in Ukraine. It took a long time for Macron and Scholz to travel together to Kyiv. Scholz has shown himself more hesitant than Macron in delivering arms to Ukraine. On the issue of a gas price cap, Macron even publicly warned that Germany was “isolating itself” in Europe — an affront to Berlin. The two sides are also making very slow progress on joint armaments projects, for example on the development of a fighter aircraft.
Democracy: It Ain’t Much
But it’s still better than a Nazi dictatorship and a totalitarian communist regime. I guess.
Study: Germans more satisfied with democracy as a form of government – Public satisfaction with democracy in Germany has risen over the past two years, while in some cases extreme right-wing attitudes have declined significantly. At the same time, hatred of migrants, women, Muslims and other groups in Germany has increased and become widespread. In addition, stronger desires for authority can be observed in the wake of the pandemic. These are key findings of the representative “Leipzig Authoritarianism Study.”
The Next Sinking Ship?
Couldn’t ask for a nicer one to sink.
Germany Urges Citizens To Leave Iran, Starts Evacuating Embassy – Amid daily antigovernment protests across Iran, Germany’s government on Thursday urged its citizens to leave the country or risk arbitrary arrest and long prison terms there.
Warning that dual nationals who have Iranian as well as German citizenship were particularly at risk, Germany’s Federal Foreign Office said in a statement that “For German nationals there is a concrete risk of being arbitrarily arrested, interrogated and sentenced to long prison terms.”
The Next Berlin Airlift?
Only without the allies flying everything in. What could possibly go wrong?
Scholz channels Berlin Airlift spirit to gird Germans for winter – Chancellor Olaf Scholz invoked the spirit of the Berlin Airlift on Tuesday to implore Germans that “the seemingly impossible can succeed”, urging them to brace for a tough winter and to rise to the challenge of a shift in energy supply away from Russian gas.
He spoke to business leaders at Tempelhof Airport, which was the focal point of the Airlift between 1948 and 1949, when Western forces flew hundreds of thousands of tonnes of supplies into divided Berlin after the Soviets blocked rail and street access to the city’s Western-occupied sectors.