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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
From a list compiled by the Leibniz Institute for the German Language of more than a thousand German words that have been coined since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.…
The East, the West, and the meaning of home
As of this writing, the United States, which has 4.2 percent of the world’s population, accounts for nearly 30 percent of total COVID-19 mortalities. Among Americans, a common response to…
Tracing the origins of the German nation
From “The ‘Noble Indian’: A Godsend for the Extreme Right,” published in Le Monde last July. Translated from the French by John Cullen. Sitting Bull was a Sioux chief who…
Pierre Jarawan explores the evolution of identity and home in his debut novel
How the refugee crisis is changing a nation’s identity
By Christa Wolf (1929–2011), from One Day a Year, a journal that she kept each September 27 from 1960 until her death. The most recent volume will be published next month by…
From a letter written in 1905 by Friedrich Trump, Donald Trump’s grandfather, to Luitpold, prince regent of Bavaria. Trump had been ordered to leave Bavaria for failing to complete mandatory…
The euro and its discontents