I can’t think of any better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than by spending 90 exhilarating minutes with “The Last Five Years,” Jason Robert Brown’s giddily sorrowful eulogy for a brief marriage.
In the spring of 1945, Harald Quandt, a 23-year-old officer in the German Luftwaffe, was being held as a prisoner of war by Allied forces in the Libyan port city of Benghazi when he received a farewell letter from his mother, Magda Goebbels -- the wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.
Germany’s foreign service played an active role in Nazi crimes under Adolf Hitler and continued to employ diplomats tied to the regime after World War II, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said today in Berlin.
A hidden tunnel, a fake Dutch passport, and strewn contents of smashed up safe-deposit boxes are among the clues confounding police in Berlin trying to solve a bank heist that recalls the German capital’s past as a hotbed of crime and espionage.
Guenter Grass, the German writer and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, brought forth last week an odious little poem that focuses on the threat to world peace posed by the Jewish state, and congratulates its author for the courage to point out this truth.