Against the return of fascism in Germany!
By Marianne Arens, 26 July 2019
On Monday a man from Eritrea was gunned down on the street and seriously injured in the town of Wächtersbach in the state of Hesse.
Socialist Equality Party (Germany), 26 July 2019
The German Verfassungsschutz has produced a 56-page response to the lawsuit filed by the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) challenging its official designation as a “left-wing extremist” organisation subject to state surveillance. The government’s response is an angry diatribe against Marxism and every form of socialist and progressive thought.
By Joanne Laurier, 11 July 2019
Charité at War is a German television drama, set in the years 1943 to 1945 at Berlin’s Charité hospital, one of the most prominent in Europe. The series depicts life under Nazi rule.
By Johannes Stern, 25 June 2019
The far-right murder of German politician Walter Lübcke has exposed the dirty truth of German politics: Nearly 75 years after the end of World War II and the downfall of Hitler’s Third Reich, Germany once again has a real Nazi problem.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 24 June 2019
Although the authorities were aware of the activities of police officers involved in far-right networks two years ago, the group was allowed to continue unhindered.
By Johannes Stern and Peter Schwarz, 18 June 2019
The murder of Lübcke, who became a target of the extreme right after he defended refugees in 2015, is the outcome of the systematic rehabilitation of fascist politics by the ruling class.
“The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”
By Christoph Vandreier, 21 May 2019
The WSWS makes the full recording of Vandreier’s April 11, 2019 lecture available.
By Johannes Stern, 20 May 2019
With its new legislative package, the grand coalition government of the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and Social Democrats (SPD) is implementing the policy of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).
By Sybille Fuchs, 10 May 2019
The use of the painting and its interpretation by the AfD is an amalgam of historical falsification, outright lies and racist agitation, which can quite rightly be compared with the techniques used by the Nazis.
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 Marianne Arens, 18 April 2019
Defying protests by students, politicians from all of the establishment political parties, including the Left Party, shared a platform with Jörg Meuthen from the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) at Frankfurt’s University for Applied Sciences.
David North to address public meetings with Christoph Vandreier: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It”
1 April 2019
North and Vandreier will jointly address meetings in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan; Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York City.
By Jerry White, 29 March 2019
Workers discussed the New Zealand massacre and upcoming meetings on how to fight fascism, featuring Christoph Vandreier, deputy national secretary of the German Socialist Equality Party.
By Sven Wurm and Marianne Arens, 26 March 2019
A memorial service in the Chemnitz football stadium for a deceased neo-Nazi shows how closely the far-right scene, the establishment parties and state organs collaborate.
By James Cogan, 19 March 2019
Anti-immigrant demagogy has been used by the ruling class internationally to divide the working class and scapegoat migrants for social inequality.
By our reporters, 6 March 2019
On Monday, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party, SGP) submitted the final signatures for its participation in the European elections.
Socialist Equality Party April meeting series: “The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight it”
By our reporters, 5 March 2019
Vandreier is the deputy national secretary of the Sozialistiche Gleichheitspartei (SGP) and author of the newly published book, Why are They Back? Historical Falsification, Political Conspiracy and the Return of Fascism in Germany.
By Chris Marsden, 19 February 2019
The attack on Karl Marx’s grave is a significant warning of the growing danger to the working class across Europe and internationally from far-right forces that have been deliberately cultivated by the bourgeoisie and given succour by the mass media.
Updated: Letters oppose barring of SEP panel on the fight against fascism from Historical Materialism conference
19 February 2019
The World Socialist Web Site will continue to post new letters as they come in protesting the decision of the organizers of the Socialism in Our Time conference.
69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 1
By Stefan Steinberg, 15 February 2019
The fact that festival director Dieter Kosslick decided on short notice to include the film Who Will Write Our History? is a reflection of the growing opposition in the artistic community to the growth of the far-right in Germany.
By Peter Schwarz and Andre Damon, 26 January 2019
On Wednesday, deputies from the neo-fascist Alternative for Germany walked out of a Holocaust remembrance ceremony in the state parliament of Bavaria.
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 Peter Schwarz, 20 December 2018
The ruling class is promoting and covering up for extreme right-wing forces in the police.
By Marianne Arens, 19 December 2018
Evidence has emerged that a neo-fascist cell active in the German police has threatened immigrant families and their children.
By Johannes Stern, 16 November 2018
Merkel’s call for a “real European army” in Strasbourg underscores the reactionary traditions evoked by the ruling elites in Germany and Europe.
By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2018
The German weekly Der Spiegel has published a flattering portrait of Björn Höcke in its issue of October 27.
By Johannes Stern, 3 October 2018
State prosecutors in Saxony and Bavaria ordered the arrest of seven people on Monday on suspicion of forming a right-wing terrorist organisation.
By Ulrich Rippert, 20 September 2018
The grand coalition has responded to mass protests against the AfD and its neo-fascist provocations by integrating the hated secret service president and his pro-AfD policy more directly into the government.
By our reporters, 12 September 2018
The mass demonstrations took place in Hanover, Munich and Dachau and were directed against both the Grand Coalition and the fascistic AfD.
By Alex Lantier, 11 September 2018
Police authorities in Saxony hushed up the attack against Schalom, which only came to light in media reports in Die Welt over the weekend.
By Johannes Stern, 10 September 2018
After thousands of neo-Nazis rampaged through the East German city of Chemnitz late last month, dominant sections of the German state and political establishment have come to the defence of the fascists.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 August 2018
Meetings between secret service chief Hans-Georg Maaßen and senior AfD members make clear that the decision to target the Socialist Equality Party (SGP) is part of a right-wing conspiracy in the state apparatus.
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.
Conversations with Joseph Goebbels’s secretary
By Bernd Reinhardt and Verena Nees, 27 May 2017
The Austrian-made documentary centres on Brunhilde Pomsel (1911-2017), who worked as a secretary in the office of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels from 1942 to 1945.
Dangerous developments in Germany
By Peter Schwarz, 4 May 2017
The arrest of a German army officer suspected of plotting the assassination of leftist politicians and high-ranking state officials has exposed the operations of neo-Nazi forces at the highest levels of the German military.
By Christoph Vandreier and Peter Schwarz, 20 August 2016
Nolte is infamous for initiating the Historikerstreit (Historians’ Dispute) in 1986 with his downplaying of National Socialism and the worst crimes in human history.
By Dietmar Henning, 18 June 2015
Evidence linking the state with murders committed by far-right terrorists continues to mount.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 20 January 2015
The German city of Schwerte announced plans to accommodate around 20 refugees in a former SS barracks on one of the sites of the Buchenwald concentration camp.
By Ulrich Rippert, 7 March 2014
So-called liberal German media outlets have responded to the intensification of the crisis in Ukraine with a vehement campaign for war.
By Joanne Laurier, 16 December 2013
Brian Percival’s movie deals in part with the horrors of the Kristallnacht period and is an effective reminder of the impact of Nazi atrocities on everyday life.
By Dietmar Henning, 22 January 2011
Long known to have collaborated with the CIA, Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie is now revealed to have worked as a paid agent of the German intelligence service well into the 1960s.
60th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 6
By Bernd Reinhardt, 17 March 2010
The documentary Fritz Bauer—Tod auf Raten (Fritz Bauer—Death by Instalments), directed by Ilona Ziok, celebrates the German jurist and prosecutor Fritz Bauer (1903-1968), who now—unjustly—is almost forgotten.
Nick Beams delivers lecture in Sydney and Melbourne
By Nick Beams, 18 November 2009
Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and a member of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, delivered a lecture on “World War Two: Lessons and Warnings” to audiences in Sydney and Melbourne in November, 2009.
By our correspondent, 9 May 2009
Neo-Nazis attacked a demonstration organised by the German trade union federation in Dortmund on May Day.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 October 2008
In October 1923, the German Communist Party prepared an insurrection and then cancelled it at the last minute, prompting Leon Trotsky to characterize it as “a classic demonstration of how it is possible to miss a perfectly exceptional revolutionary situation of world-historic importance.”
By Peter Schwarz, 13 October 2005
The following is the third and concluding part of the lecture “The rise of fascism in Germany and the collapse of the Communist International.” It was delivered by Peter Schwarz, the secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International and a member of the WSWS Editorial Board, at the Socialist Equality Party/WSWS summer school held August 14 to August 20, 2005 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Parts one and two were posted October 11 and October 12.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 October 2005
The following is the scond part of the lecture “The rise of fascism in Germany and the collapse of the Communist International.” It was delivered by Peter Schwarz, the secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International and a member of the WSWS Editorial Board, at the Socialist Equality Party/WSWS summer school held August 14 to August 20, 2005 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The lecture will be presented in three parts. Part one was posted October 11.
By Peter Schwarz, 11 October 2005
The lecture was delivered by Peter Schwarz, the secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International and a member of the WSWS Editorial Board, at the Socialist Equality Party/WSWS summer school held August 14 to August 20, 2005 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
By Nick Beams, 10 October 2005
The following is the fifth and concluding part of the lecture “The 1920s—the road to depression and fascism.” It was delivered by Nick Beams, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party of Australia and a member of the WSWS Editorial Board, at the Socialist Equality Party/WSWS summer school held August 14 to August 20, 2005 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Part one were posted October 5, Part two on October 6, Part three on October 7 and Part four on October 8.
The 55th Berlin Film Festival—Part 3
By Bernd Reinhardt, 5 March 2005
This is the third in a series of articles written in response to the recent 55th Berlinale—the Berlin film festival—February 10-20.
Nazi terror and the resistance in Italy
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 8 October 2004
This is the second article in a three-part series based on two books that appeared in the 1990s: Friedrich Andrae’s Auch Gegen Frauen und Kinder—Der Krieg der Deutschen Wehrmacht Gegen die Zivilbevölkerung in Italien 1943-1945 [Against Women and Children—the German Wehrmacht’s War Against the Civilian Population in Italy, 1943-45] (Piper Verlag München, Zürich, 1994); and Gerhard Schreiber’s Deutsche Kriegsverbrechen in Italien—Täter, Opfer, Strafverfolgung [German War Crimes in Italy—Perpetrators, Victims, Punishment] (Becksche Reihe, Verlag C.H. Beck, München, 1996). The first part was posted on October 7.
By Wolfgang Weber, 12 June 2002
The social and political shockwaves from the April 26 murder of 12 teachers, two students, a secretary and a police officer by a 19-year-old student at the Gutenberg Gymnasium in Erfurt continue to be felt throughout Germany.