When a black German woman discovered her grandfather was the Nazi villain of ‘Schindler’s List’
[The discovery came like a bolt from the blue in the summer of 2008, when she was 38 years old, as she relates in the memoir “Amon,” which was published in German in 2013 (co-authored with the German journalist Nikola Sellmair), and is due out in English this April under the title “My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past.”]
The Grimms – Jacob and Wilhelm – published their first take on the tales for which they would become known around the world in December 1812, a second volume following in 1815. They would go on to publish six more editions, polishing the stories, making them more child-friendly, adding in Christian references and removing mentions of fairies before releasing the seventh edition – the one best known today – in 1857.
Jack Zipes, professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota, says he often wondered why the first edition of the tales had never been translated into English, and decided, eventually, to do it himself. “Though the Grimms kept about 100 of the tales from the first edition, they changed them a good deal. So, the versions with which most English-speaking (and German-speaking) readers are familiar are quite different from the tales in the first edition,” he told the Guardian.
His version of the original 156 stories is just out from Princeton University Press, illustrated by Andrea Dezsö, and shows a very different side to the well-known tales, as well as including some gruesome new additions.
Berlin is marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall by “rebuilding” it with glowing white balloons. Some 8,000 illuminated helium balloons will trace a 15km-long section of the wall, snaking around the city, for just one weekend (7 to 9 November).
From 1961 to 1989, the city of Berlin was divided by the most visible sign of the Cold War: a wall more than 140km (87 miles) long. In its final form, the Berlin Wall consisted of inner and outer concrete walls separated by a “death strip” lined with fences, trenches, searchlights and anti-tank fortifications, with searchlights and guard towers positioned along the route. The barrier was guarded by troops authorised to shoot anyone who tried to escape.
On 9 November 1989, East German authorities announced they would allow free access between east and west Berlin. Crowds of euphoric East Germans crossed and climbed on to the wall, leading to a reunited Germany.
Twenty Maori heads taken from New Zealand more than 200 years ago are finally on their way home after an emotional ceremony in Paris.
A French senator fought for five years to change the law so the Toi moko could be returned.
Repatriation of scalps from a German museum to tribes in the United States is revealing the rift between the countries in the treatment of human remains as museum artifacts. Held by the Karl May Museum in Radebeul, the 17 scalps are part of a larger collection devoted to mythologizing a fictional vision of the American West.
When a rape court in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia acquitted the alleged rapist of a 15-year-old girl in 2012, women’s rights advocates were outraged. The ruling found that saying no, or even screaming it, wasn’t enough to merit rape charges.The number of German rape cases ending in convictions has plummeted from 22 percent to 8 percent over the past 20 years, according to a study released by the Hanover-based Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony.
In Germany’s three richest states, 24 percent of rape cases end in convictions and the number of rape cases filed has dropped by a third. In the three poorest states, the number of reported rapes has increased 40 percent, with a measly 4 percent ending in convictions.
Monuments Men is based on the true story of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) program (whose men and women were known as “Monuments Men”) established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943 to help rescue art and cultural property from obliteration during World War II. The Monuments Men included servicemembers and art historians who aided in tracking down, identifying, and returning priceless works of art stolen by Hitler’s forces.
Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers is the story of a group of young Polish women, some barely out of their teens, who outwitted the Nazis during World War II to rescue thousands of Jewish children from certain death.