Playing for Germany = Playing for the Murderers?

Today’s NYT has an article featuring Evan Kaufmann, Minnesota-born hockey player who is now on Germany’s national team. While an accelerated trading of citizenships is not uncommon in the world of sports, Kaufmann’s case sticks out because of his family history: His great-grandparents and one grandparent had been murdered by the Nazis. While representatives of…

Hitler and the United States

The Emory Jewish Studies Department will host an event that might be of interest to ASC’s students, especially those in German Studies, History, IR, Political Science, and Religious Studies:

Books on Weimar

This is a somewhat belated response to a recent request for a list of the books used in German 200 “Weimar Germany.” Most of the readings were from these books: Isenberg, Noah, ed. Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era. New York, Columbia UP, 2009. Assembling a who’s who of Weimar…

“Das Lied der Deutschen:” A Biography of the German Language

Via Jim Diedrick, the Economist has a review of a new book on how the German language has developed and evolved over time. MOST people regard grammar books and dictionaries as a codified set of rules prescribing dos and don’ts. For professional scholars of language, though, they are more like history books. Languages are constantly…

Israeli Film Engages with Notorious Nazi “Documentary” about Warsaw Ghetto

Films produced during the National Socialist era are difficult to deal with, especially films that purport to be “documentaries.” It’s hard to tell what was part of the propaganda machine and what was not. For many decades, an unfinished “documentary” about the Warsaw Ghetto, titled “Das Ghetto,” was mined by historians and journalists when supposedly…