The Fight for Historical Truth at Humboldt University
By Christoph Vandreier, 8 May 2019
We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online Rally delivered by Christoph Vandreier.
By our reporters, 4 May 2019
On Tuesday, several dozen students and workers gathered at Humboldt University in Berlin to protest the persecution of Julian Assange and discuss the political and historical background to the attack on the courageous journalist.
”Dictatorships as alternative political orders?”—We say no!
By the IYSSE at the Humboldt University, 30 April 2019
The StuPa resolution condemns not only the right-wing historian's dictatorship project, but also the efforts of the university administration to stifle broad student opposition.
Princeton University provides $300,000 in funding for right-wing historian and propagandist Jörg Baberowski
By David North, 10 April 2019
Jörg Baberowski, the extreme right-wing historian and chairman of the Department of East European Studies at Berlin’s Humboldt University, was invited by Princeton University in March to participate in a closed conference-seminar on the subject of “Dictatorships in Transition.”
By Christoph Vandreier, 7 February 2019
Seventy-four years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the crimes of the Nazi regime are being downplayed in the German Bundestag (parliament) without triggering any significant protest.
By the IYSSE chapter at Humboldt University, 26 January 2019
The IYSSE increased its share of the vote by a third, from 3.75 percent to over 5 percent, and will be represented by three deputies in the student parliament.
How can the rise of the far-right be stopped?
By our reporters, 24 January 2019
More than 50 students and young workers participated in the IYSSE’s final meeting in its campaign for the student parliament election at Humboldt University.
By the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 17 January 2019
Baberowski is using his Twitter and Facebook accounts to incite his right-wing periphery against students who criticize his racist and reactionary statements.
Lessons of 1933 and the fight against fascism today
By our reporters, 16 January 2019
Some 60 students attended the meeting at Humboldt University to discuss the rise of the Nazis, the lessons of history and a socialist perspective to oppose fascism and war today.
By our reporters, 17 December 2018
The student parliament unanimously passed a resolution defending the International Youth and Students for Social Equality against attempts by the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany to disrupt its meetings.
Against the right-wing attacks of university administrators and the far-right
By our reporters, 2 November 2018
Two hundred students came to a meeting October 25 at Humboldt University called in solidarity with the RefRat, the student administration.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality and Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 9 August 2018
The IYSSE and SGP condemn the attack by university President Sabine Kunst against the Student Council at Humboldt University and her complicity with the far-right Alternative for Germany.
By Christoph Vandreier, 1 May 2018
Baberowski has not only denounced his colleagues, he has threatened them.
By Christoph Vandreier, 27 March 2018
The veteran journalist Edith Kresta has spoken out again “moral sectarianism” in relation to far-right positions and against the stigmatization of xenophobic prejudices.
By the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 20 January 2018
After a successful election campaign, the IYSSE is re-entering Humboldt University’s student parliament with two representatives.
By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 19 January 2018
About 150 students attended the International Youth and Students for Social Equality meeting at Humboldt University in Berlin Monday, in support of the IYSSE campaign for the student parliament elections.
By Christoph Vandreier, 22 November 2017
The denial of working group status for the IYSSE in Leipzig sets a precedent to deprive socialist student organizations of standing as university groups across the country, an attack on basic democratic rights.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2017
If one reviews the articles, contributions on radio and television, and films to mark the centenary of the October Revolution in Russia, the principal rule that applies is: “anything goes.”
By Christoph Vandreier, 10 November 2017
The Humboldt University professor was rebuffed in an attempt to have a court prohibit the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei from exposing his falsifications of history.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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”
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Christoph Vandreier and David North, 19 April 2017
The Humboldt University administration is attempting to bar criticism of the right-wing professor.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.