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By Alexander Kluge, from Air Raid, an account of the destruction of Halberstadt, Germany, by American bomber squadrons on April 8, 1945, out this month from Seagull Books. Kluge is…
Tracing the wartime rise of ersatz butter
The euro and its discontents
Will the Guantánamo tribunal execute a man we tortured?
The ferocity and failure of America’s sanctions apparatus
By Jonathan Franzen, from a footnote to his translation of “Nestroy and Posterity,” a 1912 essay by the Austrian satirist, playwright, poet, aphorist, and critic Karl Kraus (1874–1936). In the…
From previously unpublished descriptions of Adolf Hitler’s responses to films he watched in 1938 and 1939. The notes, written by Hitler’s adjutants as part of daily records of his activities…
What the United States can learn from the East German surveillance experience
Will the NSA’s surveillance program threaten the Atlantic Alliance?
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