Germany

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.