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Nazism



  • My Husband the War Criminal

    The posthumous release of Nancy Dougherty's biography of the Nazi secret police chief emphasizes his bureaucratic cunning. Does it minimize his ideological commitment to Nazism, or the crimes he carried out? 


  • The Republicans' Holocaust Problem

    by Steve Hochstadt

    "New Republican laws and their emboldened approach to white supremacy will inevitably lead to an attack on any Holocaust teaching which goes beyond the discussion of prejudice to analyze the power of embedded racism and Christian white supremacy."



  • Dangerous as the Plague: The History of Moral Panics over Queer "Seduction"

    by Samuel Huneke

    From the perspective of the post-Obergefell US, this year's politicized attacks on LGBTQ people—particularly as threats to the nation's youth—seem like a sudden reversal. But such attacks have a long and miserable history that has shadowed movements for queer freedom at every turn. 



  • The Back Channel Between Pius XII and Hitler

    by David I. Kertzer

    The Vatican has only just now released documents about secret and sensitive negotiations between the Nazi leader and the Holy See, in which the Vatican agreed to temper criticisms of Nazism's pagan elements in exchange for ceasing investigation of sex crimes by priests.



  • Who Gets to Be American?

    by Jonna Perrillo

    Johann Tschinkel, a Nazi scientist, was recruited by the United States after the war. His reflections on his educational experiences in Germany and those of his children in segregated American schools, offer a warning about the efforts to control the social studies curriculum today. 



  • Now is the Time to Revisit Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism

    by Anne Applebaum

    The political and economic supports for stability and prosperity in the developed world are more precarious than ever; the revival of authoritarianism that Arendt predicted may be at hand, making her work more vital than ever. 



  • Historians Critique Putin's Historical Claims about Ukraine

    by Olivia B. Waxman

    Timothy Snyder, Jason Stanley, Omer Bartov and Jeffrey Veidlinger, discuss the specific history of postwar "denazification" and how that process has been misappropriated to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 


  • The Nazi in the Classroom

    by Gary B. Ostrower

    American student Edward Sittler adopted German citizenship after the outbreak of World War II and became a Nazi propagandist. After the war, his past was revealed to the public and the Long Island college where he had been teaching German, launching a debate about citizenship, loyalty, and the limits of academic freedom.



  • Remember, too, the Victims Nazis Singled Out for their Politics

    by Adam J. Sacks

    A German organization dedicated to the remembrance of left-wing victims of the Nazis has had its charitable status revoked. While the history of Nazism's persecution and murder of Jews and other groups is rightly commemorated, Nazism's violence against the political left has been obscured. 



  • Ksenia Coffman Corrects Nazi History on Wikipedia

    Wikipedian Ksenia Coffman, who has established herself as an expert at rooting out propaganda, Nazi apologetics and misinformation from the internet's encyclopedia, joins far-right watchdog Jared Holt to discuss her work and the tensions between accuracy and accessibility in online history.



  • Burying Leni Riefenstahl: Nina Gladitz's Lifelong Crusade

    In 1982, documentarian Nina Gladitz examined Reifenstahl's use of ethnic Roma concentration camp inmates as extras in a feature film, actions which demonstrated her knowledge of and complicity in atrocities. It cost her dearly, professionally and personally, over a decades-long pursuit of the truth.