Höcke, Hindenburg, Hitler

The installation of FDP politician Thomas Kemmerich as Minister President of the German state of Thuringia has been widely registered as a moment of profound historical significance. This is hard, at first sight, to square with the basic fact at the centre of the furore, namely the democratic election of a comparatively obscure liberal parliamentarian … Continue reading Höcke, Hindenburg, Hitler

Populisms Past, Populisms Present: Nazism as a Problem of Contemporary Pedagogy

Recently I have been working with colleagues from the City of Nuremberg’s Culture Office and the University of Teacher Education at Lucerne to develop plans for new internal and external installations at the Nazi Party Rally Grounds. The immediate cause of this is the major conservation project now getting underway at the Zeppelin Tribune and … Continue reading Populisms Past, Populisms Present: Nazism as a Problem of Contemporary Pedagogy

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