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)

“It’s been 100 years since the Marxist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg was brutally murdered in Germany.” She was one of many women who played an active role in the turbulent events following the end of WWI.  (The Conversation, 1/14/19; The Guardian, 1/15/19)

“For here on either side of the wall are God’s children,” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. told Berliners in 1964, “and no man-made barrier can obliterate that fact.”  (Time, 1/18/19)

In Munich 1919: Diary of a Revolution (translated by Jessica Spengler), Viktor Klemperer “reports on the revolution first as an eyewitness and later as a memoirist who already knows how things will unfold.”  (The Nation, 1/10/19)

Blue particles in fossilized dental plaque, unearthed on the grounds of a Dalheim convent, suggest that women, too, were producers of illuminated manuscripts.  (The Atlantic, 1/9/19; The Conversation, 1/11/19)

“Archivists are working to digitize thousands of old audio recordings of the Nuremberg trials, which will then be released to the public, likely in 2020.”  (PRI, 2/4/19)

Teds, Heavies, New Romantics, and more—here’s a circa-1985 Stasi guide used to identify the “types of negative decadent youth cultures in the German Democratic Republic.”  (Open Culture, 2/7/19)