The Daily Mail, which had previously been positive about Hitler and the brownshirts, enthusiastically supported Neville Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement.
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How newspapers reported the risk of war in the age of appeasement.
Former president Donald Trump greets the crowd at a campaign rally Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, in Claremont, N.H.
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Instead of giving Trump’s fascist rhetoric a wider audience, news organizations must simply point out he’s attempting to dehumanize his fellow citizens, create a path to violence and destroy democracy.
Yaroslav Hunka, right, waits for the arrival of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the House of Commons on Sept. 22, 2023.
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Russia seeks evidence in western countries that justifies its anti-Ukraine propaganda, and Canadian Parliament has provided it with much-needed ammunition for a tired and erroneous argument.
The Washington, D.C., courthouse where Donald Trump’s Jan. 6-related trial will likely take place.
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Donald Trump’s trial for his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election will promote accountability – but could this show trial have a dangerous outcome, too?
Donald Trump, left, and Harry Truman: Two former presidents who had different ideas about nationalism and patriotism.
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Nationalism and patriotism are sometimes treated as synonyms, but they have very different meanings.
While most daily newspapers presented the conflict as black and white, weeklies presented readers with a more sophisticated and nuanced take.
A still from the film version of Hugo Bettauer’s prophetic 1922 novel ‘The City Without Jews.’
Writers seem to be especially vulnerable in polarized times, when the nuances of works are more likely to be overlooked.
Rosa Luxemburg, the Polish-born German revolutionary and co-founder of the German Communist Party, addressing a meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1907. She was assassinated in January 1919.
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Antisemitism has been used as a weapon against leading Jewish politicians in Europe for over a century – no matter how assimilated they were. Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy is no exception.
Buildings in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv that were destroyed by Russian bombardments.
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Ukraine appeared not to matter much to the US and other Western countries. It wasn’t a vital interest. Russia’s war has redefined Ukraine’s status with the West.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on stage during a rally in Moscow on March 18, 2022.
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When Russia invaded Ukraine, its leader was immediately labeled “fascist” by Ukrainians and others. A political scientist explains why that label fits.
Pupils from a German ‘Napola’ at Ballenstedt before a football game with a visiting side from an English public school.
Even after the notorious Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938, some headmasters thought pupil exchanges with Nazi Germany were a good idea.
Will anodyne reporting from the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics play into China’s propaganda efforts?
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In the face of China’s repression and human rights abuses, a scholar asks whether cheerful media coverage of the Beijing Olympics in February 2022 signals complicity with Chinese propaganda.
‘Onkel Toms Hütte’ – or Uncle Tom’s Cabin – is the name of a subway station in Berlin.
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Why did Confederate flags start appearing in the country’s anti-lockdown protests?
British prime minister Neville Chamberlain in 1938 with his ‘piece of paper’ ensuring peace in Europe.
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The Post’s editor, Arthur Mann, withstood extreme pressure to fall in with orthodox political thinking over appeasement with Nazi Germany.
A Donald Trump supporter wears a gas mask and holds a bust of him after he and hundreds of others stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021.
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Given the current, often erroneous, use of the term ‘fascist’ to describe political movements and leaders, it’s important to determine what fascism is and is not.
Dangerous speech is a toxic brew of emotion and age-old tropes.
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Scholars who study dangerous speech have identified common themes that can lead to violence.
Father Coughlin’s bully pulpit.
Broadcasters silenced Father Charles Coughlin in 1938, just as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook have shut down pro-Trump incitements to violence in 2021.
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 61.
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The US faces many of the same problems Germans faced after World War II: how to reject, punish and delegitimize the enemies of democracy. There are lessons in how Germany handled that challenge.
Crowds carrying hate symbols as they stormed the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.
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The crowds that stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6 were not just engaged in an effort to support Trump. The symbols they carried were of an extreme form of anti-Semitism.
Neville Chamberlain wanted to avoid war at all costs. Adolf Hitler felt differently.
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Press secretary George Steward had clandestine meetings with Nazi officials as he worked for appeasement with Germany before the second world war.