Hitler’s old house gives Austria a headache

What do you do with the house Hitler was born in? For years the building in the Austrian town of Braunau am Inn has been rented by the Austrian interior ministry to prevent misuse by neo-Nazis. It was once a day-care centre for the disabled. Now it is empty, as the owner has not agreed to…

What do dictators like to eat?

You are what you eat – but also how you eat and who you eat with. Food can affect your mood, your bowels and your world-view, write Victoria Clark and Melissa Scott, authors of Dictators’ Dinners: A Bad Taste Guide to Entertaining Tyrants. In this age of the foodie, the gourmand and the gourmet, we have…

The Leonardo hidden from Hitler in case it gave him magic powers

One of the world’s most famous self-portraits is going on rare public display in the northern Italian city of Turin. Very little is known about the 500-year-old, fragile, fading red chalk drawing of Leonardo da Vinci but some believe it has mystical powers. There is a myth in Turin that the gaze of Leonardo da…

The German officer who tried to kill Hitler

Last week marked an ominous legacy of an assassination attempt on Adolf Hilter gone wrong. On 20 July 1944, a 36-year-old German army officer, Col Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, arrived at a heavily guarded complex hidden in a forest in East Prussia. His mission was to kill Adolf Hitler. The Wolfsschanze, or Wolf’s Lair, was…

Defusing ‘Mein Kampf’ : The New Yorker

The New Yorker had an interesting piece this past week regarding Hitler’s Mein Kampf and the lapse of copyright based on German law. According to German law, seventy years after the death of the author, copyright expires. This means that, unless a German court decides otherwise, as of January 1, 2016, anyone can legally publish…