Anton Bruckner in the ‘Third Reich’

One of the most iconic images pertaining to musical life in the ‘Third Reich’ is that of Hitler contemplating the bust of the composer Anton Bruckner at its induction into the Walhalla monument near Regensburg in 1937. The monument, built in the early nineteenth century, served as a pantheon to Germany’s cultural, philosophical, political and … Continue reading Anton Bruckner in the ‘Third Reich’

Britain, Germany, and the Threat of the Far Right

A couple of weeks ago I visited the temporary exhibition on the history of the post-war German Far Right curated by Munich’s Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism. The institution, which opened in 2015, is a typical expression of the political and civic pedagogy that has been an integral part of the culture … Continue reading Britain, Germany, and the Threat of the Far Right

‘To Think is to Compare’: Walther Rathenau, Trump and Hitler

Many years ago, during a lengthy research trip, I rented an apartment near Nuremberg’s Rathenauplatz, a square named after the liberal German-Jewish industrialist and foreign minister Walther Rathenau, murdered by right-wing extremists in 1922. Each time I boarded the underground train at the Rathenauplatz station I was confronted with one of Rathenau’s phrases, which decorated … Continue reading ‘To Think is to Compare’: Walther Rathenau, Trump and Hitler