The Fight for Historical Truth at Humboldt University

Trump, Charlottesville and Jorg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 22 August 2017

The same German media outlets and politicians who denounce Donald Trump for his support for the extreme right defend academic Jorg Baberowski for making even more egregious statements.

Meeting Wednesday evening at the Technical University of Berlin

The case of Jörg Baberowski: Oppose right-wing and militarist ideology at Germany’s universities

By our reporters, 5 July 2017

In a joint statement for the meeting, the participating organisations make clear that what is at stake is not a personal dispute, but fundamental political questions.

German law professor accuses Baberowski of right-wing extremism and historical revisionism

By Peter Schwarz, 15 June 2017

Despite right-wing historian Jörg Baberowski’s defeat in court, the Presidium of Humboldt University continues to defend him. Bremen-based law Professor Andreas Fischer-Lescano has therefore accused the university Presidium of being “an accomplice of right-wing scholarship.”

Germany: The bankruptcy of the Left Party

By Johannes Stern, 14 June 2017

The congress held by the Left Party last weekend in Hanover confirmed that this party, despite its name, has nothing in common with genuinely left or socialist politics, but instead defends capitalism.

IYSSE demands Humboldt University retract its defense of right-wing radical Jorg Baberowski

By the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 9 June 2017

The university leadership can no longer sustain the assertion that it is protecting the freedom of academic inquiry and defending a scholar “whose integrity is beyond doubt.”

Professor Jörg Baberowski loses on all counts in suit against University of Bremen students

By Sonja Bach and Christoph Vandreier, 3 June 2017

The attempt of the professor from Berlin’s Humboldt University to use the courts to ban criticism of his radical right-wing views has completely failed.

German Professor Baberowski explains his far-right agenda

By Peter Schwarz, 31 May 2017

In an interview in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Humboldt University Professor Jörg Baberowski complains of the “cultural hegemony of the left” and calls for the “removal of taboos” on far-right positions.

“A declaration of hostility towards the principles of humanity”

Professor Mario Kessler publishes comment criticizing views of right-wing professor Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier, 19 May 2017

On Sunday, the Tagesspiegel published a reader’s comment by Professor Kessler, who wrote that Humboldt University professor Baberowski showed an “elemental lack of feeling” for the victims of the Nazis.

Jörg Baberowski insists that Hitler was “not vicious”

By Peter Schwarz, 16 May 2017

In the journal Forschung & Lehre (Research & Teaching), Humboldt University Professor Jörg Baberowski claims that Hitler was an “armchair perpetrator who did not want to know about the bloody consequences of his deeds.”

Further arrests of German army personnel in neo-Nazi terror plot

By Christoph Vandreier, 10 May 2017

The right-wing extremist arrested last month for plotting to kill left-wing politicians acted as part of a terror cell with links to a widespread neo-Nazi network within the German army.

May Day 2017

The Growth of German Militarism and the Rewriting of History

By Sven Wurm, 4 May 2017

In order to wage new imperialist wars and commit fresh crimes, history must be rewritten, and the criminal role of German imperialism minimised and denied.

Student parliament demands Humboldt University rescind support of Baberowski

By our correspondents, 29 April 2017

On Thursday, the Humboldt University Student Parliament passed a resolution by an overwhelming majority demanding that the university administration withdraw its public support for right-wing Professor Jörg Baberowski.

Demonstrators in Cologne support IYSSE fight for freedom of expression at Humboldt University

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

The IYSSE and SEP distributed thousands of copies of "The Defence of Historical Truth and the Fight against the Alternative for Germany (AfD)" in Cologne during demonstrations against the AfD’s party conference.

Open letter from the IYSSE to the president of Humboldt University in Berlin

22 April 2017

Sabine Kunst, the president of Humboldt University, has portrayed professors Jörg Baberowski and Herfried Münkler as the victims of a “defamation campaign” in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Berlin’s Humboldt University attempts to suppress student criticism of Jörg Baberowski

By Christoph Vandreier and David North, 19 April 2017

The Humboldt University administration is attempting to bar criticism of the right-wing professor.

The German weekly Die Zeit, Jörg Baberowski and the Historians Dispute

By Christoph Vandreier, 17 April 2017

The article in Die Zeit reveals the political shift to the right in the media and the academic world. Political and historical views that evoked sharp denunciations three decades ago are now accepted and defended.

Right-wing media mobilizes in support of Humboldt University Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Peter Schwarz, 14 April 2017

Right-wing media and fascistic organizations are rushing to defend Professor Jörg Baberowski after a court ruled that students at Bremen University are permitted to describe him as a “right-wing radical.”

Anti-communist foundation backs extreme right-wing professor Baberowski

By Peter Schwarz, 8 April 2017

The foundation for the study of Stalinist East Germany is seeking to justify forms of political and historical revisionism deemed unacceptable just a few years ago.

Oppose Humboldt University’s attack on freedom of speech and historical truth!

By the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, 6 April 2017

Public criticism of professor Jörg Baberowski, who claims “Hitler was not vicious,” has been declared “unacceptable” by the presidium of Humboldt University.

What is behind the hysterical defence of Baberowski by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung?

By Christoph Vandreier, 31 March 2017

The conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published a long article on Monday aimed at defaming and silencing Baberowski’s critics with shameless lies and gross slanders.

Jörg Baberowski: A right-wing extremist professor

By Johannes Stern, 29 March 2017

The Cologne District Court issued a ruling on 15 March which confirmed that students at Bremen University can identify Professor Jörg Baberowski as a right-wing extremist.

German daily reacts to Baberowski ruling with campaign of lies against the IYSSE

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 29 March 2017

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reacted to the Cologne District Court ruling with a denunciation of the Socialist Equality Party and its youth organisation, the IYSSE.

Stop the shift to the right at Humboldt University!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 2 March 2017

Professor Jörg Baberowski, who regularly advances xenophobic, authoritarian and militarist positions in public, is going to court and mobilising right-wing students to suppress any criticism of his views

Student representative body denounces right-wing positions of professors at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our correspondents, 20 February 2017

The Assembly of Student Representative Councils at Humboldt University has taken a stand against militarism and anti-immigrant chauvinism, and in support of freedom of opinion.

IYSSE meeting defends Bremen University Student Union against attacks by Jörg Baberowski

By our correspondents, 16 February 2017

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) organised a meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University to defend the freedom of expression of the Bremen Asta (Student Union).

Right-wing German professor Jörg Baberowski threatens students who criticize him

By our correspondents, 13 February 2017

The professor of history at Humboldt University is responding to mounting opposition to his right-wing political positions by launching scurrilous attacks on his critics and inciting students against them.

Berlin students defend University of Bremen student parliament against right-wing Professor Jörg Baberowski

By our correspondents, 11 February 2017

Representatives of the student bodies at two leading universities in Germany have issued statements denouncing the attempt by Baberowski to use the courts to muzzle students at the University of Bremen.

Germany: Growing support for defense of Bremen University students against right-wing professor Jörg Baberowski

By our correspondents, 6 February 2017

On February 2, about 100 students at the University of Bremen attended a meeting in support of the General Student Committee, which is the target of legal action by Baberowski.

Speech by far-right Milo Yiannopoulos canceled at UC Berkeley amid protests

By our reporters, 2 February 2017

As thousands protested the editor of Breitbart News, a small section of anarchists played into the police’s hands by physically assaulting some Trump supporters.

An attack on democratic rights: Sociologist Andrej Holm fired from Humboldt University

By Sven Heymanns, 31 January 2017

Humboldt University President Sabine Kunst announced the firing of Holm due to alleged misrepresentations he made about his brief activities with the Stasi at the age of 19.

The significance of the IYSSE’s electoral success at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 27 January 2017

At the student parliament elections, the IYSSE received more votes than the student groups of the Christian Democratic Union, the Greens and the Left Party.

IYSSE wins 7 percent of vote in Humboldt University student parliament election

By our correspondents, 20 January 2017

The IYSSE, the student and youth organization of the Socialist Equality Party (PSG), received 192 votes, up from the 147 votes it received last year.

Berlin: Humboldt University IYSSE holds final election campaign meeting

For a socialist movement against war and militarism!

By our correspondents, 20 January 2017

The final meeting of the IYSSE took place at Berlin’s Humboldt University on Monday as part of the campaign for the elections to the student parliament.

Berlin university meeting discusses election of Trump and the return of German militarism

By our correspondents, 7 January 2017

The meeting is the second organized by the IYSSE group as part of its campaign for this year's elections to the Humboldt University student parliament.

David North speaks in Berlin on Donald Trump’s election

By our correspondents, 15 December 2016

More than 250 students and workers crowded into a lecture hall at Humboldt University to hear North’s lecture on the causes and consequences of the outcome of the US presidential election.

Jörg Baberowski’s falsification of history

By Christoph Vandreier, 5 December 2016

Historians like Humboldt University's Jörg Baberowski are labouring to rewrite and falsify history in order to justify new wars and discredit opposition to them.

IYSSE opposes physical attack on right-wing professor at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 30 November 2016

Acts of violence against professors undermine the fight against right-wing ideology and provide a pretext for university administrators to crack down on political opposition.

IYSSE to stand candidates in 2017 student parliament election at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our correspondent, 26 November 2016

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) is taking part in the Student Parliament election in order to build a movement against militarism and war.

Germany: Humboldt University Student Parliament opposes military advertising at university

By our reporter, 24 November 2016

The motion to ban advertising by the armed forces at the university was introduced by the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) chapter at Humboldt.

Well-attended IYSSE meeting at Humboldt University on Trump’s election

By our reporter, 18 November 2016

The large turnout and intense discussion at the meeting indicate that a new generation of young workers and students is becoming politicized.

Oppose right-wing ideology at Humboldt University: An open letter to Professor Thomas Sandkühler

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 16 November 2016

The IYSSE at Humboldt University in Berlin is protesting against the attempt to suppress legitimate criticism of the right-wing historian Jörg Baberowski.

Hamburg student committee protests appearance by Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 14 November 2016

Growing numbers of students are no longer prepared to accept the transformation of their universities into centres of war propaganda and militarism.

“Berlin correspondence:” Germany’s Humboldt University in the service of militarism

By Johannes Stern, 20 June 2016

The appearance by German Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Humboldt University Professor Herfried Münkler on the same platform is a testament to the University’s transformation into a think-tank for German imperialism.

Public meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin

The referendum on Brexit: Why the SEP rejects both camps

11 June 2016

On Friday, June 17, Chris Marsden, a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site from Britain, will speak in Berlin at Humboldt University on the referendum for British withdrawal from the EU, and on the party’s campaign for an active boycott.

University of Leipzig students speak out against right-wing professor

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 February 2016

The xenophobic and militaristic tirades of University of Leipzig Professor Thomas Rauscher have met with opposition from both students and faculty.

IYSSE statement on the student parliament vote at Humboldt University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 22 January 2016

The IYSSE won significant support in the student parliament election at Berlin’s Humboldt University on the basis of opposition to militarism, xenophobia and right-wing historical revisionism.

IYSSE at Berlin’s Humboldt University holds final election campaign meeting

By our correspondents, 20 January 2016

More than 80 students and workers attended the International Youth and Students for Social Equality’s final campaign meeting in the student parliament elections at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Fourth IYSSE election meeting at Berlin’s Humboldt University

The struggle against war and the lessons of history

By our correspondent, 16 January 2016

The IYSSE has launched its campaign for the student parliament at Humboldt University with lectures titled “No more war! Scholarship instead of war propaganda.”

Third election meeting of IYSSE at Humboldt University

Jörg Baberowski’s appeal for dictatorship and war

By our correspondents, 9 January 2016

At the meeting the IYSSE reviewed the political and theoretical conceptions laid out by Professor Baberowski in his latest book.

Second election meeting of IYSSE at Humboldt University

Herfried Münkler: An academic in the service of German imperialism

By our correspondents, 23 December 2015

Professors at Berlin’s Humboldt University are playing a leading role in ideologically justifying the return of German militarism.

American Nazi web site acclaims Humboldt Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2015

Professor of Eastern European History Jörg Baberowski is gaining growing recognition in international right-wing and fascist circles.

IYSSE meeting in Berlin discusses the Syrian war and the aims of German imperialism in the Middle East

By our correspondent, 15 December 2015

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality has launched its election campaign for the student parliament at Humboldt University with a series of lectures entitled “Not another war! Scholarship, not war propaganda.”

IYSSE runs candidates for student parliament election at Humboldt University in Germany

By our correspondent, 28 November 2015

The IYSSE is fighting to prevent the university from being transformed into a centre for right-wing and militaristic propaganda.

New book from Mehring Verlag

Scholarship or War Propaganda attracts wide interest in Germany

By Christoph Dreier, 9 November 2015

The book Scholarship or War Propaganda, published by the Mehring Verlag publishing house in October, has hit a nerve in Germany.

Mehring Verlag publishing house presents new book, Scholarship or War Propaganda? at Frankfurt Book Fair

By our correspondent, 27 October 2015

Scholarship or War Propaganda? deals with the political controversy at Humboldt University in Berlin over the critique of the positions of Professors Jörg Baberowski and Herfried Münkler in support of the return of German militarism.

Right-wing academic Jörg Baberowski agitates against refugees at Christian Social Union event in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 17 October 2015

Baberowski is now openly emerging as a leading right-wing political figure, intent on using his position at Humboldt University to build a far-right movement in Germany.

Scholarship not war propaganda at Humboldt University!

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 14 October 2015

Professor Jörg Baberowski at Berlin’s Humboldt University no longer limits his right-wing propaganda to his own academic area; he is using his position to build a far-right movement.

Far-right German National Party promotes Professors Münkler and Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 6 October 2015

The current edition of the NPD’s Deutsche Stimme (German Voice), defends the two Humboldt University professors against left-wing criticism.

German academic Jörg Baberowski stirs up hatred against refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 3 October 2015

In a manner typical of the radical right, Baberowski attempts to incite the poorest layers of society against immigrants.

German professor Herfried Münkler agitates against refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 5 September 2015

With elaborate formulations and kitchen sink psychology, Humboldt University professor Münkler resurrects the strategy of making immigrants into scapegoats for social problems.

New from Mehring Verlag

Scholarship or War Propaganda? The Return of German Militarism and the Dispute at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By Peter Schwarz, 10 August 2015

The World Socialist Web Site announces the upcoming publication of the German edition of Scholarship or War Propaganda? The Return of German Militarism and the Dispute at Berlin’s Humboldt University. The book is available for preorder today at Mehring Verlag.

Foreword to Scholarship or War Propaganda? The Return of German Militarism and the Dispute at Berlin's Humboldt University

By Peter Schwarz, 10 August 2015

The subject of this book goes well beyond the conflict at Berlin's Humboldt University. It is concerned with the relationship between scholarship and politics in a period of militarism, mounting international conflicts and growing social tensions.

The sacking of the German attorney general and the assault on press freedom

By Peter Schwarz, 7 August 2015

The events that led to the dismissal of the German Attorney General Harald Range show the true extent of the preparations to erect an authoritarian state.

Student initiatives in Germany oppose media witch-hunt against IYSSE and “Münkler-Watch”

By Christoph Dreier, 21 July 2015

A growing number of students at German universities are speaking out in opposition to right-wing professors and the media campaign against their critics.

Sebastian Kempkens in Uni Spiegel: Gutter journalism in the service of German imperialism

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Germany), 20 July 2015

Sebastian Kempkens, the editor of a university magazine published by Der Spiegel, has joined the media chorus denouncing anti-militarist students at Humboldt University.

Why the German media refuses to report Humboldt University students’ defense of Münkler-Watch

By Johannes Stern, 20 June 2015

Not a single article has appeared in the German press noting the IYSSE resolution passed June 11 by the student parliament of Humboldt University.

IYSSE delegate addresses Humboldt University student parliament

“Failure to defend freedom of expression would have dire consequences”

By Sven Wurm, 13 June 2015

Presented here is the speech by Sven Wurm of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality to the June 11 meeting of the student parliament.

Students in Frankfurt, Germany support fight against war propaganda

By our correspondents, 13 June 2015

The conflict over freedom of expression at Humboldt University in Berlin is being followed with great interest at other universities.

Students at Humboldt University pass resolution defending free speech

By our correspondents, 12 June 2015

The student parliament at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany adopted a resolution yesterday denouncing attacks against students' fundamental right to criticize professors.

Student groups defend freedom of expression at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By Christoph Dreier, 10 June 2015

The student representatives of three departments at Humboldt University in Berlin published a joint statement defending students against attacks by the media.

Oppose enforced political conformism at Humboldt University

By International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 6 June 2015

The President of Berlin’s Humboldt University, Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, has taken to the press to accuse critical-minded students of suppressing academic freedom.

Humboldt University professor Herfried Münkler calls for German leadership in Europe

By Johannes Stern, 30 May 2015

Münkler’s proposals correspond to the plans of the German ruling elite to again establish the country as a political and military “peacekeeping force” in Europe and in the world.

Münkler receives support from the far right in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 29 May 2015

The weekly paper Junge Freiheit, mouthpiece of the New Right, has declared its support for the campaign against critical students at Berlin’s Humboldt University.

Herfried Münkler’s interview in Die Zeit: State-imposed conformism like 1933

By Johannes Stern, 25 May 2015

In an interview titled “Resentments as in 1933,” political science professor Herfried Münkler has accused anti-militarist students of Nazism and anti-Semitism.

“Münkler-Watch” and the dictatorship of the elites

By Peter Schwarz, 23 May 2015

The attacks on the critics of political science professor Herfried Münkler are now being directed against the freedom of the Internet.

“Münkler-Watch” and the reproach of anonymity: A red herring

By Peter Schwarz, 22 May 2015

A student blog criticizing the lectures of Herfried Münkler at Humboldt University has been attacked for its anonymity in an effort to distract attention from the real issues at stake.

Defend student free speech at Humboldt University! Stop state-sponsored censorship!

Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) and International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 May 2015

The PSG and the IYSSE unequivocally support the students who publish the blog “Münkler-Watch” and have become the target of a massive intimidation campaign.

For freedom of speech at Humboldt University

By the Socialist Equality Party (Germany) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 29 April 2015

Humboldt University is attempting to intimidate, suppress and criminalize criticism of the controversial political views publicly advanced by Jörg Baberowski, chair of the university’s Department of Eastern European History.

Scholarship, not war propaganda!

The IYSSE’s campaign against war and historical falsification at Humboldt University

By Andre Damon and Jesse Olsen, 13 January 2015

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at Humboldt University is running in the upcoming student elections against the drive to turn the university into a center of war propaganda.