Gary Oldman plays Winston Churchill in the 2017 film
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Not just period pieces, the 2017 films "Dunkirk" and "Darkest Hour" shed light on the intense Brexit debate, and raise important questions about Britain’s fundamental identity.
‘Anti-Semitism is treatable’ – a banner at a Warsaw demonstration.
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Seventy years after the end of World War II, a battle is taking place over Polish collective memory.
Polish refugees in 1939.
Then as now, volunteer groups are stepping in where governments won't.
Responses to the recent discovery of a Nazi swastika raise some awkward questions.
Benito Mussolini’s bust and crypt in San Cassiano cemetery are a sensitive topic in Predappio, Italy.
Politicians hope that a "museum of fascism" in Benito Mussolini's hometown can help the country face its demons. Historians aren't so sure.
What is this man thinking?
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What sort of beliefs made a mass movement succeed?
2016 San Francisco pride parade.
Gay pride has many exuberant advocates. It also has critics in unexpected places.
A dozen or so families or their disabled members are deported from Australia every year.
There has been little recognition of how western governments furthered separation of families with disabled children, through immigration policies that ignored postwar humanitarian ideals.
Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr (with the yellow t-shirt) in front of a statue of Paul Kruger at Church Square in Pretoria.
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The idea of white victimhood played an important part in Donald Trump's rise. The South African brand of white supremacy has made a tangible contribution to this narrative of victimhood.
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Why do alternative histories of a Nazified world again have such commercial and cultural traction?
White nationalist Richard Spencer was punched in the middle of a TV interview on inauguration day.
No one likes a white supremacist, but is violence the answer?
Million of Germans gather to show faith in the Hitler regime, 1933.
The reboot of the Nazi salute should not be taken lightly, given its history of hatred and genocide.
Adolf Hitler and his entourage take a stroll in Paris on June 23, 1940.
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One publisher spent over 40 years trying to profit off Hitler’s hateful tome.
Suspended Labour Party MP Naz Shah speaks in the House of Commons.
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When anti Jewish rhetoric emerges into the light, it is worth reminding ourselves of the dark history at its root.
May 1968 students’ protest in Berlin.
Probably no other country has struggled as hard to come to terms with its past as Germany. Here's what students contributed to that struggle.
Friend or fascist?
The Slovenian band Laibach are best known for their use of fascist iconography – but they're far more subversive than this might indicate.
The dispute between Philipp Lenard and Albert Einstein sheds considerable light on the power of nonscientific concerns to sway scientists.
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Scientists are not always as scientific as many suppose. Recent well-publicized cases of scientific fraud prove that scientists can be as susceptible to the allures of wealth, power and fame as politicians…
Putting the jackboot into Assad.
Where would we be without Godwin’s Law? This law, formulated for the internet, dictates that as a discussion progresses, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1. And, as…
The Harlem Kiddies in the St. Thomas club, Copenhagen 1941.
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It seems an impossibility: in Nazi-occupied Denmark in the 1940s, one of the hottest jazz orchestras around was the interracial Harlem Kiddies, with two white and three black band members – and a Jewish…
Who owns the 1,400 ‘degenerate’ works found in the Munich flat of Cornelius Gurlitt?
The large collection of paintings and drawings found in the Munich flat of the 80-year-old recluse, Cornelius Gurlitt, which came to wide public attention earlier this month, raises serious moral and legal…