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  • The welcome enemy: Nazis in the U.S.

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    6 days ago

    One of the bitter facts of history is that the United States’ immigration quota for Germany and Austria went unfilled during the 1930s when hundreds of thousands of Jews were clamoring to escape the Third Reich. And further, when the war against Germany was finally won in 1945,...

  • Keene, Kaliningrad and Riga: Confronting the memory of Kristallnacht

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 2, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    I travel for my work; I travel often -- my wife and children might say too often. Just before Chanukah, I was in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Canada, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C., and then back home. A hectic schedule is of little interest, but what I experienced might be.

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  • Nazi role-playing at Santa Monica High School causes stir

    By Ryan Torok

    April 24, 2013 | 2:34 pm

    Generally, expert advisers counsel against teaching about the Holocaust by having students do exercises that re-create the experience. Role-play activities can reinforce negative views, stereotype group behavior and are pedagogically unsound, according to the Anti-Defamation...

  • Vienna Philharmonic acknowledges honoring Nazi war criminal

    March 11, 2013 | 6:37 am

    The famed Vienna Philharmonic has acknowledged that many of its musicians were Nazi party members during Hitler's rule and that its director may have delivered a prestigious orchestra award to a Nazi war criminal two decades after the end of World War Two.

    The orchestra, which...

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  • Rise of Golden Dawn: A presage of doom

    February 11, 2013 | 3:13 pm

    The undisguised extremism promoted by Golden Dawn is a chilling watershed in Greece's post-war democracy. Fascist gangs are turning Athens into a city of shifting front lines, seizing on crimes and local protests to promote their own movement, by claiming to be the defenders of...

  • Himmler’s Brain

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    June 6, 2012 | 11:38 am

    Not long ago, I reviewed Peter Longerich’s benchmark biography of Heinrich Himmler in these pages—a work of meticulous and compelling scholarship about the master architect of the Final Solution, a mostly ordinary human being whose claim on history is that he succeeded in putting...

  • Oxford club members resign over anti-Semitism

    November 6, 2011 | 6:39 pm

    Four members of the Oxford University Conservative Association have resigned over anti-Semitism and snobbery.

    The four senior members said they were quitting the assocation after members sang a song with a Nazi theme during an evening meeting billed as “port and policy,” the...

  • Hitler’s carmaker: How General Motors helped jump-start the Third Reich’s military machine

    By Edwin Black

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    James D. Mooney thrust his arm diagonally, watching its reflection in his hotel suite mirror. Not quite right. He tried once again. Still not right. Was it too stiff? Too slanted? Should his palm stretch perpendicular to the ceiling; should his arm bend at a severe angle? Or should...
  • Hitler’s carmaker: How General Motors helped jump-start the Third Reich’s military machine

    By Edwin Black

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shifting Gears: From war profiteer to U.S. public transit conspirator During the late 1930s, Hitler's persecution of Jews was building to a frenzy even as fears of a war escalated. Nevertheless, General Motors' German automotive subsidiary, Opel, remained a loyal corporate...
  • Hitler’s carmaker: How General Motors helped jump-start the Third Reich’s military machine

    By Edwin Black

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Last Word: How will posterity remember General Motors' conduct? The epilogue of the tumultuous saga of General Motors during the New Deal and Nazi era is still being written.

    That saga is the subject of a four-part JTA investigative series that concludes with this story....

  • Hitler’s carmaker: How General Motors helped jump-start the Third Reich’s military machine

    By Edwin Black

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Dwarfing the Competition Within a few years of partnering with the Hitler regime, Opel began to dwarf all competition. By 1937, GM's subsidiary had grown to triple the size of Daimler-Benz and quadruple that of Ford's fledgling German operation, known as Ford-Werke. By the end of...
  • Hitler’s carmaker: How General Motors helped jump-start the Third Reich’s military machine

    By Edwin Black

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Unleashing The Blitzkrieg Opel became an essential element of the German rearmament and modernization Hitler required to subjugate Europe. To accomplish that, Germany needed to rise above the horse-drawn divisions it deployed in World War I. It needed to motorize, to "blitz,"...
  • Hitler’s carmaker: How General Motors helped jump-start the Third Reich’s military machine

    By Edwin Black

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Who was Sloan?

    Mr. Big Sloan lived for bigness. Slender and natty, attired in the latest collars and ties, Sloan commonly wore spats, even to the White House. He often out-dressed his former GM boss, billionaire Pierre du Pont. An electrical engineer by training, the...

  • Hitler’s carmaker: How General Motors helped jump-start the Third Reich’s military machine

    By Edwin Black

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A Fascination With Four Wheels Hitler knew that the biggest auto and truck manufacturer in Germany was not Daimler or any other German carmaker. The biggest automotive manufacturer in Germany -- indeed in all of Europe -- was General Motors, which since 1929 had owned and...
  • Reviews of “The Envoy” and “Hitler’s Head”

    By Tom Tugend

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "You can't confront evil on its own ground without becoming part of it," muses diplomat Heinrich Zwygart in "The Envoy," and his self-recognition clearly applies to Switzerland, the country he represented faithfully in Berlin during the six years of World War II.

    Zwygart's job was to...

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