Germany

A conflict of loyalty

21 May 2011 12:00 am

What was life like in Hitler’s Germany? This question has long fascinated authors and readers alike, as books like Alone in Berlin, The Boy with the Striped Pyjamas and The Book Thief bear witness.

Pastures new

12 March 2011 12:00 am

On 20 September 1949, five days after his election as Chancellor of the newly created German Federal Republic, Konrad Adenauer addressed the Bundestag: ‘Much unhappiness and much damage’, he told the deputies, ‘has been caused by denazification .

Land of poets and thinkers

16 October 2010 12:00 am

The reason Peter Watson gives for writing this long intellectual history of Germany since 1750 is a convincing one: that British obsession with Nazism has blinded many British people to the achievements of German culture.

What we did to them . . .

9 October 2010 12:00 am

The perception of war changes, remarked the poet Robert Graves, when ‘your Aunt Fanny, the firewatcher, is as likely to be killed as a soldier in battle’.

Blow-out in Berlin

28 August 2010 12:00 am

D. B. C. Pierre’s Vernon God Little was an unusual Man Booker winner (2003).

The threat of holy war

24 July 2010 12:00 am

John Buchan’s Greenmantle remains a marvellous read, even if its plot is absurd.

The sound of eternity

30 June 2010 12:00 am

The Ninth is not necessarily Beethoven’s greatest symphony.

An affable tour guide

10 February 2010 12:00 am

In mentioning Hein- rich the Fowler, 10th-century King of the Germans and one of the many obscure figures who appears in his book, Simon Winder describes a painting in the Hall of Electors in Frankfurt.