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Philip Kerr, photographed in Paris in 2012. Credit: Getty Images

Farewell Bernie Gunther: Metropolis, by Philip Kerr, reviewed

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Philip Kerr’s first Bernie Gunther novel, March Violets, was published 30 years ago. From the start, the format was a…

The fall of Daniel Barenboim

23 March 2019 9:00 am

A few years ago, I hooked up with a BBC team in Berlin to record a programme with Daniel Barenboim.…

Jarvis Cocker: contrived or beguiling?

Why I revel in Jarvis Cocker’s pretentiousness

25 March 2017 9:00 am

When Wireless Nights hit the Radio 4 airwaves in the spring of 2012, I was not at all sure about…

We promised better help for people with autism. Too little has changed

18 March 2017 9:00 am

In the NHS clinic where I work, adults who suspect they may have Asperger syndrome wait almost a year for…

Nostalgia and nationalism: an erzatz castle to symbolise the new Germany

15 October 2016 9:00 am

William Cook on the rebuilding of the Berliner Schloss

Just two of many controversial Games: Hitler’s racist jamboree in Berlin (above right); and the Stockholm Olympics, in which the brilliant Native American Jim Thorpe — sometimes regarded as the greatest athlete of all time — was stripped of his gold medals

The modern Olympics have always been a fiasco

30 July 2016 8:00 am

There’s nothing new about lying and cheating at the Olympics. Scandal has dogged the Games for well over a century, says David Horspool

Scarlett Johansson as a mermaid? Bung her in

What is a serious film festival doing opening with Hail, Caesar!

20 February 2016 9:00 am

What is a serious film festival doing opening with Ethan and Joel Coens’ turkey Hail, Caesar!? James Woodall reports from Berlin

Nick Robinson’s diary: What dog will donate its vocal cords to me?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Scientists are experimenting with growing replacement vocal cords in the lab, as well as transplanting them from dogs. That was…

Members of the Hitler Youth clear debris after an air raid on Berlin, August 1944

The swastika was always in plain sight

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Ordinary Germans under the Third Reich did have wills of their own, argues Dominic Green. Most actively embraced Nazi ideology, and were aware of the extermination of the Jews. As the war worsened for them, what did they think they were fighting for?

Author William Boyd (Photo: Getty)

For William Boyd's war-photographer heroine, life is a series of accidents

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Amory Clay, photographer and photo-journalist, was born in 1908, only two years after Logan Mountstuart, writer, poseur and ‘scribivelard’. Amory…

What really happened in the Berlin Philharmonic election

23 May 2015 9:00 am

The morning after the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra failed to elect a music director, I took a call from Bild-Zeitung, Berlin’s…

Joining the old rogue on his 80th birthday, from left to right, Bevis Hillier, Antonia Fraser, Hamilton, James Pope-Hennessy, James Reeve, and the Spectator’s current book editor, Mark Amory

The long and disgraceful life of Britain's pre-eminent bounder

19 July 2014 9:00 am

In his time, Gerald Hamilton (1890–1970) was an almost legendary figure, but he is now remembered — if at all…

Hannah Höch – from Dada firebrand to poet of collage

1 March 2014 9:00 am

I suspect I am not alone in finding it surprising to encounter at the close of this exhibition an unexpected…

When a Chinese and a Japanese visit Tokyo's Yasukuni war shrine

22 February 2014 9:00 am

What does freedom mean to you? That’s the question the BBC World Service has been asking of us through its…

The best thing to come out of Davos

18 January 2014 9:00 am

William Cook visits the Kirchner Museum in Davos, the Alpine town where the German Expressionist found refuge and inspiration

Interview David Chipperfield: It is better to be fond of architecture than amazed by it

7 December 2013 9:00 am

William Cook talks to the architect David Chipperfield, whose work has made him a star in Germany

Has Germany confronted its Nazi past? Not where art is concerned

9 November 2013 9:00 am

The discovery of a hoard of lost paintings is a reminder that denial still exists in the German art world

Hitler didn't start indiscriminate bombings — Churchill did 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

‘I cannot describe to you what a curious note of brutality a bomb has,’ said one woman who lived through…

Germany's war on Barbie

20 July 2013 9:00 am

She’s loathed by topless German neo-feminists. But isn’t it time to cut her some slack?

What was it like at the time?

30 July 2011 12:00 am

At midday on Thursday, 8 June 1933 — Erik Larson is very keen on his times — the newly elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt had a call put through to the history department at the University of Chicago.

Goodbye to Berlin

28 May 2011 12:00 am

Peter Parker is beguiled by a novel approach to the lives of Europe’s intellectual elite in flight from Nazi Germany

Culture vultures

23 October 2010 12:00 am

Charles Moore explores how Berlin is marking the horrors of its past