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“Auschwitz Concentration Camp: History, Biographies, Remembrance”

Last month my latest book was published by ibidem-verlag which covered the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, its history, biographies and remembrance. Having written and had published three books on the Aktion Reinhardt Camps, Belzec,Sobibor and Treblinka, this was a new path for me. Those three camps are not as well-known as Auschwitz. There are many books on Auschwitz,… Continue reading ““Auschwitz Concentration Camp: History, Biographies, Remembrance””

GOP Is Similar To US Communist Party In The Early 20th Century

From their suppression of dissenting voices, use of propaganda, and capitulation to Russia, the GOP is behaving like US Communists in the 1930s and 1940s.   In a recent issue of The New Yorker, the Harvard University historian, Jill Lepore, challenges the mood of pessimism that has overcome many thoughtful individuals about the direction of… Continue reading “GOP Is Similar To US Communist Party In The Early 20th Century”

Germany’s terrorist attack: migrant communities have lost trust

The central question that politics, security authorities and society are still failing to answer: who will protect us from right-wing terrorism? The racist attack in Hanau on 19 February 2020 has left Germany with the question of whether the problem of radical right terrorism has been wrongly addressed so far. After the murder of Walter Lübcke in June… Continue reading “Germany’s terrorist attack: migrant communities have lost trust”

Icons of the Radical Right: Christoph Blocher and the SVP

Introduction A couple of weeks ago, Swiss art aficionados started to flock to Martigny in the canton of Valais.  Martigny is a relatively small town. But it boasts an exquisite art museum, which over the years has hosted a number of remarkable exhibitions. This time, it is particularly special. For the first time, art lovers… Continue reading “Icons of the Radical Right: Christoph Blocher and the SVP”

Foreign Fighters and the Global War for White Supremacy

Far-right activists have a long history of traveling overseas to fight for global white supremacy. Why aren’t they treated as terrorists? A 1975 article in British Patriot magazine tells the story of John Coey, a 24-year-old college graduate from Ohio who was killed fighting for the continuation of white supremacy in the unrecognized state of Rhodesia.… Continue reading “Foreign Fighters and the Global War for White Supremacy”

10 Things That Should Change About Fascism Studies

1. Every second article written about fascism starts by complaining that there is no consensus about what fascism is, then agrees with Roger Griffin’s definition of fascism as an ideology of national regeneration before going on to prove, once again, that fascism involved an ideology of national regeneration. 2. Scholars stubbornly refuse to separate regimes and movements… Continue reading “10 Things That Should Change About Fascism Studies”

How The Radical Right Distorts The Science Of Gender

In his book “The Attack on the Family and the European Response,” Roberto Fiore launches a homophobic tantrum and distorts the science of gender. “Never has the institution of the family been put in such jeopardy as it is today. Wars, tyrannical rulers and the reducing of entire peoples into slavery, although never absent from… Continue reading “How The Radical Right Distorts The Science Of Gender”

Radical-Right Demonization of Soleimani and Iran: Islamophobic Weaponry in the Public Sphere

  “We all know Iran, don’t we? Or at least we think we do”. So said John Simpson, BBC World Affairs Editor, on air in the early 1990s. A veteran Iran reporter, Simpson had accompanied Ayatollah Khomeini on his return flight to Iran in 1979 from exile in France. The point he was making was… Continue reading “Radical-Right Demonization of Soleimani and Iran: Islamophobic Weaponry in the Public Sphere”

Pop Stars Are Combating The Radical Right In New Ways

Pop stars like Harry Styles, Shawn Mendes, and Taylor Swift are combating radical right ideologies by spreading messages of inclusion and tolerance. To the unobservant, former One Direction heartthrob and chart-topping singer Harry Styles might not seem like the person to challenge toxic masculinity and demonstrate how to be a powerful ally to queer people,… Continue reading “Pop Stars Are Combating The Radical Right In New Ways”

Part Two: Historismus, Ranke’s Influence and its Ultimate Crisis

In the previous blog, Henry Mead scoped out the nature and origins of ‘Historismus’ in the work of Leopold von Ranke. Today’s second part scopes out Ranke’s influence and his legacy in the subsequent crisis of the concept of historicism during the interwar period. Ranke’s Influence As discussed in the first part of this series,… Continue reading “Part Two: Historismus, Ranke’s Influence and its Ultimate Crisis”