A special exhibition at Berlin’s German Historical Museum “is not just about how democracy unraveled in the decade that followed the first Weimar elections in 1919. It is also about whether something like that may again be happening across Europe in 2019.”  (The Guardian, 5/16/19)

“Like the historian Tacitus, Trevor-Roper chronicled the death of a tyranny; and, like the satirist Juvenal, he skewered his victims by making them ludicrous.”  (Spectator, 3/29/19)

In memoriam: Hannelore Elsner (1942–2019), celebrated actress “who moved easily between art house cinema and mainstream television without losing her edge.”  (The Hollywood Reporter, 4/23/19; The New York Times, 5/10/19)

“Seventy years in, the success of a united Germany is a story so big that it can be hard to see except at a distance.”  (The Atlantic, 5/8/19)

Tony Rehagen explains how rural German-Americans “somehow forgot what it meant to be immigrants.”  (The Boston Globe, 4/12/19)

The culture ministers from all 16 German states have agreed on a set of guidelines for the restitution of colonial-era artifacts.  (artnet, 3/14/19; The New York Times, 3/15/19)

East Germany was “one of the first countries to allow gay men into its military, an achievement that the United States took twenty-three years to match.” Samuel Clowes Huneke takes a closer look at the pro-gay reforms of the GDR in its final years.  (Boston Review, 4/18/19)

In The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism from World War II to the Present, Gavriel Rosenfeld has written a compelling history of something that never happened.  (New Statesman, 3/13/19; Los Angeles Review of Books, 4/1/19)

The state apartments of the Residenzschloss in Dresden, reconstructed in all their Baroque splendor, will open to visitors in September.  (The New York Times, 3/14/19)

“Why didn’t the correspondents in the thirties see Hitler? Because they thought he was a German Mussolini,” says Daniel Schneidermann, author of Berlin 1933.  (The New Yorker, 3/14/19)

In Time and Power, Christopher Clark examines how Prussian and German leaders “learnt to bend the past to suit the present” in four different centuries.  (New Statesman, 2/13/19; Standpoint, 3/2019)

“Ernst Jünger’s Second World War was less dramatic than his first; it could hardly be otherwise.” Find out more from his journals as an officer in occupied Paris, newly translated by Thomas and Abby Hansen.  (The Washington Post, 1/16/19; New Statesman, 2/20/19)

“Together, the Stolpersteine now constitute the largest decentralized monument in the world.”  (The Guardian, 2/18/19)

Invoking emergency powers in the Weimar Republican constitution began well before March 1933. “The willingness of parliament to cede authority to the executive eased the path for the transition from authoritarian to totalitarian dictatorship and to lawlessness.”  (The Washington Post, 2/19/19)

The “little-known tragedy of forced adoptions in East Germany” is receiving new attention.  (Spiegel Online – International, 2/7/19)

Stuttgart’s Linden Museum is returning a whip and a Bible that belonged to Nama leader Hendrik Witbooi to the government of Namibia.  (artnet, 2/15/19)

Controversy over looted artifacts, and how best to remember and atone for the crimes of the colonial era, continues to haunt planning for the Humboldt Forum, which opens within the rebuilt Berlin Palace later this year.  (Deutsche Welle, 1/30/19)

In 1938, Lise Meitner—a Jewish woman living in Swedish exile—was not credited in a landmark paper on nuclear fission that was published by her Berlin colleagues, Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann. The omission cost her the Nobel Prize.  (The Conversation, 2/7/19)

The documentary short A Night at the Garden depicts the 1939 German American Bund rally in Madison Square Garden. It’s nominated for an Oscar—but it can’t be advertised on Fox News.  (The Washington Post, 2/11/19; Slate, 2/14/19)