‘In the Bunker with Hitler’ has remarkable resonance with the moment we’re in

by Rashmee

Posted on November 15, 2020


  This week I’ve been reading a book I picked off my shelves at random. It’s titled ‘In the Bunker with Hitler: The Last Witness Speaks’. On the author page (before the half-title page) is a bold inscription in the green ink I favoured at the time: Berlin March 26, 2007 What it doesn’t say … Continue reading “‘In the Bunker with Hitler’ has remarkable resonance with the moment we’re in”

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After Trump’s victory, might the world look to Germany as a moral centre?

by Rashmee

Posted on November 23, 2016


After Donald Trump’s election victory, where might the world look for a moral centre? The question is appropriate because of worldwide fears that an unpredictable mercantilist America will no longer care to be a beacon. If the US no longer even tries to be good and a role model – often, a hypocritical stance, but … Continue reading “After Trump’s victory, might the world look to Germany as a moral centre?”

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Refugees from Germany more grateful than the ones flowing in, eg the Dhnies

by Rashmee

Posted on March 30, 2016


Judith Kerr’s ‘Bombs on Aunty Dainty’ is a remarkable account of what it means to be a refugee – one, who is grateful for sanctuary rather than resentful of the host’s niggardliness. I thought of that when I was listening to Episode 18 of BBC journalist Manveen Rana’s long-running story of a Syrian family that … Continue reading “Refugees from Germany more grateful than the ones flowing in, eg the Dhnies”

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Should Germany be Hoovering up all of Adolf Hitler’s art…for the state?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 11, 2015


Yes, there’s a market in them anyway. Supply and demand is driven by the curious, the prurient, people who like notorious talking points on their walls. Fourteen of Hitler’s paintings were auctioned in Nuremberg last month for $446,000. They were bought by people as far away as China and Brazil. Leonid Bershidsky, a Berlin-based writer whose … Continue reading “Should Germany be Hoovering up all of Adolf Hitler’s art…for the state?”

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Mein Kampf to be reprinted in Germany but it’s not the text we should fear

by Rashmee

Posted on March 3, 2015


Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf is soon to be reissued in Germany for the first time since the end of World War II. Postwar Germany has never allowed the reprinting till now. But there is nothing it can do about it at this stage. The reprint will be 2,000 pages, which will include Hitler’s text and be rich in … Continue reading “Mein Kampf to be reprinted in Germany but it’s not the text we should fear”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK