Chancellor of Peace: Willy Brandt between War and Terror

1972 - 1973, with contributions by Thomas Brechenmacher, Lisa Wreschniok, and Till Rüger

The Middle Eastern politics of the Brandt era and their consequences
Even today, Willy Brandt's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize and the aura attached to his Ostpolitik cast a long shadow. His kneeling in Warsaw is legendary. However, the West German to the Middle East approach ...

Who Owns Islam?

An imam’s case against black-and-white thinking

From preaching hate to promoting enlightenment
Kamouss is one of the most well-known imams in Germany, where he was once considered the "popstar of the Salafist scene." Since then, his perspective on Islam has fundamentally changed. This book presents his self-critical ...

The Tragic Chancellor

Hermann Müller and the SPD in the Weimar Republic

January 30, 1933, marked the end of the first parliamentary democracy in Germany, as Hitler was named Reichskanzler. However, the government's demise had begun much earlier: on March 27, 1930, the Grand Coalition and Center parties dissolved, and the last democratically elected Reichskanzler, ...

The Ghetto Swinger

A Jazz Legend

Coco Schumann was born in Berlin in 1924, and discovered jazz and swing music at the age of thirteen. Thanks to his Aryan looks and his cheeky Berlin tongue, Schumann, half Jewish, not only escapes deportation until 1943 but performs almost daily in bars and clubs, first as a guitarist and later ...

Home Made in India

A love story between Delhi and Berlin

"In order to love India, I had to get to know Germany again."

Indians, Germans, and an author seeking to answer the question: What is home? Since his marriage to Indian native Saskya, Christopher Kloeble is a notarized "Person of Indian Heritage." In this insightful, ...


The Life and Times of Martin Luther

The great reformer Martin Luther had a decisive impact on the course of German cultural and intellectual history. Not only one of the most influential Christian theologians, his translation of the Bible played a vitally important role in the advancement of the German language. This in-depth ...
Rights sold: Korea

1967 - Scenes from an Unforgettable Year

When women were banned from running marathons…

Keith Richards is busted for the first time and Che Guevara is shot dead. The Beatles release Sergeant Pepper and the "Colonel's Coup" takes place in Greece. In Germany they are working on emergency laws. Martin Luther King ...

Sigmar Gabriel

Patronage and Provocation

He is arguably the most eloquent speaker in the Bundestag, the German Parliament-but the electorate is wary of him.

Since the days of Willy Brandt, no one has headed the SPD (Social Democratic Party) for as long as Sigmar Gabriel-but among his party members he is more feared than ...


Just Getting Away

Child refugees

Hoping for a life after survival

Worldwide, the number of refugees under 18 is unprecedented. In 2015, Germany alone took in over thiry thousand. They arrive on their own, their families left behind or lost. These are brave young people with strong personalities - but they are ...


Crazy Russia

Putin, my family and other outsiders

Much ado on the Eastern front

"Do you feel German, Ukrainian, Russian or Jewish? Or maybe a bit of each?" Filipp Piatov is, as it were, a merge of all these cultures. His Russian father and Ukrainian mother left the Soviet Union as it fell apart around them and Piatov grew up in a ...


Bismarck-Germany's Demon Chancellor

Many people still consider Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898)-the 'Iron Chancellor' who founded the German Empire in 1871-Germany's foremost statesman. Johannes Willms draws a different picture, showing Bismarck as a dyed-in-the-wool opportunist, a cunning, power-hungry ...


Tchaikovsky: Life and work

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was considered Russia's greatest composer even during his lifetime, and he still is to this day. Classical music aficionados love his work, which was all composed over the course of three decades. But the composer's life was dogged by ...