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German films explore Nazi terror and the resistance to it

09 April 2005
German filmmakers are making a new cinematic effort to come to terms with the Nazi years. In the last three months, two big productions have been box office hits — Downfall, which was released in Britain last week, and Sophie Scholl.

Stop the War Coalition launches march

05 March 2005
The Stop the War Coalition publicly launched its 19 March demonstration on Tuesday. Lindsey German was joined by Ray Hewitt (right), who joined the army at 16, fought in the first Gulf War, and is now a reservist in the British army. He has told the ministry of defence that he now wishes to be a conscientious objector, because he "will not fight in an illegal war in Iraq." George Solomou (left), the former TA soldier who refused to go to Iraq, also endorsed the march

Recommendations from Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop

26 February 2005
To mark the publication of The Vote: How It Was Won and How It Was Undermined by Paul Foot, Bookmarks and Penguin are holding an evening of discussion with Tony Benn, Lindsey German and Michael Rosen in the Council Chamber, TUC Congress House, Gt Russell Street, London WC1, Tue 1 Mar, 7.30 for 8pm (Tickets £2.50 from Bookmarks). Order The Vote now from Bookmarks at the special reduced price of £20 (normally £25). Add £3 postage and packing.

Trotsky on anti-Nazi assassin Herschel Grynszpan

19 February 2005
Herschel Grynszpan, a young Jewish man, assassinated a Nazi diplomat in the German embassy in Paris on 7 November 1938.

Arrest reveals EU and US in alliance with Turkey

12 February 2005
The arrest of one of the most prominent Kurdish officials by Germany, at the request of Turkey, signals a new era of co-operation between Turkey and the EU, within a framework set by the US.

Respect campaign launched in Newham

12 February 2005
Respect kicked off its election campaign in Newham, east London, last weekend with street stalls and a walkabout by Lindsey German and Abdul Khaliq, prospective parliamentary candidates for the borough.Lindsey and Abdul pledged support for the campaign to save Queens Market, which Newham’s New Labour council wants to sell to private developers.

A fresh electoral challenge to Germany’s New Labour

05 February 2005
A recent meeting of activists met and decided to officially launch a new left wing political party called Arbeit & Soziale Gerechtigkeit—Die Wahlalternative (The Work & Social Justice Election Alternative).

New audience for the movement

29 January 2005
Tony Benn led the line-up of speakers at a meeting packed with over 400 students hosted by the Goldsmiths College Student Union Peace Campaign, and the Islamic Society last week. Also speaking at the south London university were Lindsey German of the Stop the War Coalition, Pat Arrowsmith from CND and Azzam Tamimi of the Muslim Association of Britain.

Le Pen’s cover-up for Nazi crimes

29 January 2005
"NOT ESPECIALLY inhumane." This was French fascist leader Jean-Marie Le Pen’s recent verdict on the wartime occupation of France. During the Second World War over 60,000 resisters and 75,000 Jews were deported to Nazi concentration camps from France. Fewer than 3,000 Jews returned. These deportations were made easier by the willing participation of Marshal Pétain’s Vichy regime, which governed the part of France not immediately occupied by the Germans following France’s defeat in 1940. Vichy drew up lists of Jews resident in France and then played a full role in their persecution.

A pro-poor movement

08 January 2005
Speaking to a recent campaigners’ conference, the director of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals recalled how German chancellor Gerhard Schröder once dismissed a group of environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with the comment, "You are not exactly a mass movement." Why should small NGOs be of any concern to an elected chancellor in the comfort zone between elections?

In brief

27 November 2004
New left on the rise in Germany A CONFERENCE of the initiative for a new left party in Germany last weekend took a major step towards launching a serious challenge to the German SPD—the equivalent of New Labour.

Stars and Stripes shaped like a swastika?

27 November 2004
Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America by Stephen Sewell

East German activists: 'We tore down the dictators'

13 November 2004
IN 1989 mass demonstrations, strikes and confrontations brought lightning-fast transformation to the Stalinist states that most people thought would never change.

Workers have power to beat multinational

30 October 2004
WORKERS AT the Opel car company in Germany have shown exactly how to respond to mass redundancies—by holding a lightning strike. The strike has disrupted production across Europe.

The system that keeps women in chains

23 October 2004
Lindsey German I WAS born in 1951. For someone of my generation, the changes in women’s lives throughout the world have been absolutely astonishing. Perhaps most remarkable is the change from women being centred in the home to working outside the home.

The woman who built barricades

09 October 2004
ONE OF the greatest dates in our history was 18 March 1871. The story starts at the heights of Montemartre, Paris, at about 3am. The whole square is dominated by 250 cannon. The guns had just been used in a war between France and Germany in which Paris had been besieged for the whole winter.

The year world history hung in the balance

18 September 2004
GERMANY WAS on the brink of revolution after the First World War. A workers’ revolt in this powerful country could have broken the isolation of the Russian Revolution and helped to prevent the rise of Adolf Hitler. It was a turning point in the history of the 20th century.

Bring resistance to Blair’s capital

28 August 2004
Lindsey German is the convenor of the Stop the War Coalition.

ESF coming to London: a show of solidarity

21 August 2004
THE government’s Agenda 2010 policy in Germany threatens the biggest attack on the welfare state since the Second World War.

Spirit of 1989 in Germany

14 August 2004
IT ISN’T just Britain that is experiencing a crisis of New Labour style politics.

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