Author Archives: Michael Wehle

Birkbuschstraße 48

This is where Inge Viett, Ralf Reinders, and Juliane Plambeck were busted September 1975. Birkbuschstraße 49

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Tiergartenstraße 4

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European Values

And yet we also know that every document of Europe is a document of resistance as well.  European values are not either enlightenment, humanism and universal human rights, or concentration camps, Zyklon B and the Holocaust. European values are both. To succumb to the belief … Continue reading

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Who owns Auschwitz?

There is something shockingly ambiguous about the jealous way in which survivors insist on their exclusive rights to the Holocaust as intellectual property, as though they’d come into possession of some great and unique secret; as though they were protecting … Continue reading

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High crimes

BBC: Israel is blocking two US Democratic lawmakers and prominent critics of Israel from visiting. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were due to visit the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem next week. Both have supported the boycott movement against … Continue reading

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Steps

If we want to avoid the possibility of future historians building some Stolpersteine to remind us of our current catastrophe, our task today is to be aware of the steps we are taking: to realize that the real question is … Continue reading

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Remembering and speaking

On the island we can see how starkly capitalism (with its structural adjustments and consumerist culture) and historical revisionism (with its ultimate desire to erase all memory not in line with the current official ideology) go hand in hand. As … Continue reading

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Am Anfang war Napoleon

Die Zeit: Was sich jedenfalls über Deutschland sagen lässt, ist dies: “Am Anfang war Napoleon.” So beginnt der Historiker Thomas Nipperdey den ersten Band seiner Deutschen Geschichte. Denn wenn es auch die Französische Revolution gewesen sei, mit der “die Grundprinzipien der modernen … Continue reading

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Primacy of politics or of economics

A starting-point of analysis is to question whether the polarization into ‘primacy of politics’ or ‘primacy of economics’ does not amount to an extreme over­simplification of a complex structural interrelationship between the policies of the Nazi State and the interests … Continue reading

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The World’s Smartest Chimp Has Died

New York Times: The Premacks noted that one of the difficulties in teaching language to a caged subject is finding things to talk about.

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