Hitler

Chico, Harpo and Groucho Marx (left to right) enjoy a day at the races

What unites Churchill, Dali and T.S. Eliot? They all worshipped the Marx Brothers

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Ian Thomson celebrates the anarchic genius of Groucho and his brothers

That’s another year gone and, against the odds, I’m still here

3 January 2015 9:00 am

A fruity voice on the train’s announcement system said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, make sure you have all your belongings, family…

Hiding in Moominland: the conflicted life of Tove Jansson

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Tove Jansson’s father was a sculptor specialising in war memorials to the heroes of the White Guard of the Finnish…

The Nazi origins of the Vienna Phil’s New Year’s Day concert

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Vienna’s New Year’s Day concert is still tarnished by its Nazi origins, says Norman Lebrecht

‘Before the Mirror’, 1913, by Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele at the Courtauld: a one-note samba of spindly limbs, nipples and pudenda

8 November 2014 9:00 am

One day, as a student — or so the story goes — Egon Schiele called on Gustav Klimt, a celebrated…

I felt so awful I almost prayed that we would crash

4 October 2014 9:00 am

This is about life up high. Two weeks ago The Spectator had that rapscallion and mischief-maker Peter McKay writing about…

Hugh Trevor-Roper: the spy as historian, the historian as spy

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Shortly after the war began in September 1939, the branch of the intelligence services called MI8, or the Radio Security…

Hitler’s Valkyrie: Unity Mitford at 100

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Unity Mitford at 100

Churchill reading in his library at Chartwell

Churchill was as mad as a badger. We should all be thankful

19 April 2014 9:00 am

The egotistical Churchill may have viewed the second world war as pure theatre, but that was exactly what was needed at the time, says Sam Leith

From Göring to Hemingway, via Coco Chanel – the dark glamour of the Paris Ritz at war

19 April 2014 9:00 am

In Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen did a good job of showing how foolish it is to be obsessed by…

‘Less political satire than back-handed homage:Charlie Chaplin in a scene from The Great Dictator

Charlie Chaplin, monster

12 April 2014 9:00 am

No actual birth certificate for Charles Spencer Chaplin has ever been found. The actor himself drew a blank when he…

How Denmark’s Jews escaped the Nazis

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Of all the statistics generated by the Holocaust, perhaps some of the most disturbing in the questions they give rise…

The joy of online hatred

1 March 2014 9:00 am

I know it’s not for everyone, but an online bitch-fight is so bracing

Did Hollywood moguls really make a pact with Hitler?

23 November 2013 9:00 am

At the recent Austin Film Festival, at every ruminative panel or round-table discussion I attended, I slapped my copy of…

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…

Noble Endeavours, by Miranda Seymour - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Like Miranda Seymour, the author of this considerable work on Anglo-German relations, I was raised in a Germanophile home. I…

Henry Goodman by Dan Williams

Henry Goodman interview: How to make Brecht fun

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans talks to Henry Goodman about his role in the playwright’s political allegory

Diary

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Whenever feminists have complained in my presence about neglect of female high-achievers, other than rock singers and courtesans, I always…

Bookends: A matter of opinion

24 March 2012 10:00 am

In an age when the merely mildly curious believe they can get all they really need to know from Wikipedia…

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.

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 .

Brave on occasion

27 November 2010 12:00 am

Hitler’s experiences in the Great War have long been shrouded in mystery and controversy, not least because there is relatively little material from that time written by himself.

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’.