Which Movie Character Would Trump Be?

It’s been a miserable 24 hours, so to cheer up a bit, but only a bit, I started thinking about which movie character best represents Trump. I mean, sure, there’s this guy from a 1930s German film… But he’s not a character, exactly. Who to pick? Who to pick? I think whoever it is has… Continue reading Which Movie Character Would Trump Be?

Review: Ian Kershaw’s To Hell and Back. A New Warning From History

Professor Ian Kershaw, best known for his landmark two-volume biography of Adolf Hitler (titled Hubris and Nemesis) takes on a gargantuan project in To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949, a history of the European continent’s 30-year collapse into near self-destruction. A history encompassing the politics, economics, and high and low cultures of nearly two-dozen countries,… Continue reading Review: Ian Kershaw’s To Hell and Back. A New Warning From History

Steve Shives’s Five Stupid Things About the Nazis

Steve Shives presents another fine entry in his addictive “Five Stupid Things…” series. While I do have one quibble with its description of Nazi administrative efficiency–Hitler’s government was many things, but, with its multiple competing bureaucracies with overlapping (and sometimes identical) powers, it was hardly efficient–it’s worth watching. Check it out.    

Richard J Evans On Conspiracy Theory And the Reichstag Fire

A fascinating article on the Reichstag Fire by historian Richard J Evans appears in the London Review of Books. An excerpt: The Third Reich was founded on a conspiracy theory. The Communists, the Nazis’ most implacable opponents, had won 17 per cent of the vote in the last completely free elections of the Weimar Republic,… Continue reading Richard J Evans On Conspiracy Theory And the Reichstag Fire

Happy Campers of the Third Reich

Shorpy dug up this Heinrich Hoffmann photo of Hitler Youth on a camping excursion from 1938. Smiles and swastikas are an uneasy mix at best. Hoffmann, incidentally, was Adolf Hitler’s personal photographer and a fixture on the Obersalzberg. He was also the one-man jury for the annual Great German Art Exhibitions in Munich. One of… Continue reading Happy Campers of the Third Reich

The Day Hitler Became Chancellor

80 years ago yesterday, Adolf Hitler, the strange Austrian who headed a movement that combined violent thugs with some of Germany’s leading industrialists, was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany. His method for achieving this was indicative of the way Hitler had always and would always confront the problems facing him: he gambled everything. The… Continue reading The Day Hitler Became Chancellor