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Background: Mass protests brought down the barrier

09 August 2011
The Berlin Wall completely cut off the Western part of the German capital from the Eastern part and all of surrounding East Germany. It spanned 87 miles and was built in four stages.

Children of the Revolution

02 August 2011
This is the story of Ulrike Meinhof of the German Red Army Faction and Fusako Shigenobu of the Japanese Red Army, as told by their daughters.

Exclusive: Racist attack on Luton mosque

23 July 2011
Racist thugs vandalised a Luton mosque during the early hours of Friday morning. They spray painted "EDL" and a swastika – the symbol of Nazi Germany – on the walls, and smashed windows.

Greens make gains in German elections

29 March 2011
A political earthquake shook Germany on Sunday. The first Green head of a federal state was elected in Baden-Württemberg.

Germany's Forgotten Revolution

01 March 2011
Between 1918 and 1923 revolution erupted in Germany. Open class warfare gripped the country with uprisings, mass strikes and army mutinies. Armed workers clashed with counter-revolutionary paramilitaries.

Is this a revolution or just a coup?

15 February 2011
Leon Trotsky recalls in his memoirs that, immediately after the Russian Revolution of October 1917, Lenin said to him in German, "Es schwindelt"—"It makes one dizzy."

Holocaust memorial day: a day to take anti-fascism forward

25 January 2011
Part of my family was wiped out for the crime of being Jewish in what has become known as the Holocaust. The German Nazi regime strove to create a racially pure, authoritarian society where dissent or difference was not to be tolerated.

German students release statement supporting British students

16 December 2010
Solidarity with British Students!

Protests in Stuttgart put Merkel under pressure

12 October 2010
Plans to replace the central station in Stuttgart, one of Germany’s major cities, have led to mass protests, and a political crisis for the German government.

In their own words

29 June 2010
‘A commentator in El Pais, a Spanish paper, claims that England’s loss to Germany reflects Thatcherism’s demoralising effects on the English proletariat.’

Class rule hiding behind austerity

15 June 2010
We live, we are constantly told, in a liberal pluralist society. Unlike the totalitarian states of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, information and ideas aren’t monolithically controlled from above in these societies.

Forced Journeys: Artists in Exile in Britain 1933 to 1945

20 April 2010
This exhibition of the work of German and Austrian internees on the Isle of Man marks the 70th year since the opening of internment camps on the island.

The White Ribbon DVD

09 March 2010
This film is set in a rural German village on the eve of the First World War.

Greece's fight sheds light on a wider crisis in Europe

02 March 2010
At one level, the Greek crisis is a familiar tale of market blackmail and bullying. Through giving up its own currency and joining the euro, Greece attached itself to one of the world’s major economies, Germany.

Lufthansa pilots show their power in Germany

23 February 2010
A strike by German Lufthansa airline pilots stopped more than 800 flights on Monday.

Victory for German anti-fascists

19 February 2010
German anti-fascists claimed a major victory last Saturday.

2009: a year of terrifying, satirical and fascinating art

15 December 2009
Michael Rosen One of the most tense and moving films I’ve ever seen is The White Ribbon. This tells the story of life in a small German village just before the First World War.

Philip Kerr interview: Bernie Gunther and the crime of the century

01 December 2009
By choosing Nazi Germany as his setting, Philip Kerr has turned crime thrillers into something far more than pulp fiction.


24 November 2009
New revolts in Europe The university occupation movement in Austria is now into its fifth week and is going from strength to strength. The media is supporting the protests, and commenting on the international character of the movement – and that the Austrian students have "infected" Germany with their radicalism. The movement is helping to put increasing pressure on the government.

Gay people in Nazi Germany: how hate triumphs

17 November 2009
In recent weeks thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have come together to hold vigils and show their anger at the rise in homophobic violence.

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