The Takeaway

New Film Chronicles Fight to Reclaim Stolen Nazi Art

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"Woman in Gold," which stars Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, tells the story of a Klimt painting stolen by the Nazis, and of the legal battle to get the painting back.

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The Art Hitler Hated — and Loved

Friday, March 14, 2014

A show at Neue Galerie looks at works labeled “degenerate” by Nazis, alongside ones they admired.


The Takeaway

One Woman's Quest to Recover Her Family's Artwork Stolen by the Nazis

Friday, November 08, 2013

A close friend of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, art dealer Paul Rosenberg once dominated Paris's art scene. Nazi forces confiscated much of Rosenberg's collection, at least 400 artworks worth millions of dollars. Marianne Rosenberg, Paul's granddaughter and Alexandre's son, continues her family's quest to recover their stolen art. This week, Marianne confirmed that one of her family's Matisse paintings was in the trove of Nazi-confiscated art recently discovered in Munich. 


The Takeaway

Jewish Art Owners Face Long Restitution Process

Friday, November 08, 2013

Calls have already been made for the German government to operate with more transparency as they move ahead to address claims of ownership over Nazi-confiscated pieces of art. And some, like Marianne Rosenberg, are calling for restitution. Joining The Takeaway to explain how the process is playing out in Germany is Dr. Imke Gielen, a Berlin-based lawyer specializing in restitution claims.


On The Media

Syria Coverage, Nazi Collaborations with Hollywood, and More

Friday, September 06, 2013

The media's cautious coverage of Syria, a look inside the sordid world of Washington D.C., and the pact between Hollywood and Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

The Takeaway

The U.S. Military's History of Recruiting and Retaining Neo-Nazis

Thursday, August 09, 2012

When Wade Michael Page allegedly attacked the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin this past weekend, many were shocked by his identification as a neo-Nazi. Wade, however, is not the first neo-Nazi veteran to have committed murder in the United States.

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The Takeaway

Remembering the Holocaust: the Thersienstadt Ghetto

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Today is one of the most somber points in the Israeli calendar, when sirens call the nation for two minutes silence to mark those killed in the Holocaust. The day is a moment to reflect on the continuing research into the Nazi plan to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe. This year has seen the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the young men who ran a football league in the ghetto of Thersienstadt in the Czech Republic. This was a ghetto the Germans used to try to deceive the world about the Holocaust, where they fooled visiting Red Cross inspectors and even shot a propaganda film. Kevin Connolly is from our partner the BBC.


The Takeaway

Google Ideas Gathers Former Extremists to Target Radicalization

Monday, June 27, 2011

Google's eight-month-old think tank, Google Ideas, is paying for 80 former Muslim extremists, neo-Nazis, U.S. gang members, and other former radicals to gather in Dublin today, to discuss what draws people to violent extremism and how technology can carry out de-radicalization efforts. Google is calling the group "formers," and they'll be participating in the talks with 120 activists and business leaders. 


The Takeaway

Nazi John Demjanjuk Convicted of Accessory to Murder

Thursday, May 12, 2011

John Demjanjuk has been found guilty of being an accessory to murder as a Nazi concentration camp guard. He was living as a retired autoworker living in Ohio. In 2009, he was deported from the U.S. for a second time and sent to Germany, where he was charged with helping to force nearly 28 thousand Jews to their death at the Sobibor death camp in Poland. Reporter for the BBC, Steve Evans was at the trial.

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The Takeaway

Oldest Living Holocaust Survivor Turns 107, Celebrates Humanity

Friday, November 26, 2010

Alice Herz-Sommer celebrates her 107th birthday today. As if that weren't enough of a an accomplishment, she also happens to be the oldest living survivor of the Nazi Holocaust. Her love of music inspires her to live her life with optimism and faith in the human spirit, even though she lived through one of the most horriying ordeals any human can imagine. Vincent Dowd, arts correspondent for the BBC, visits Alice to hear her story.

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Demjanjuk in Germany: The Last Nazi War-Crimes Trial?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The suspected Nazi John Demjanjuk has arrived in Germany today where he faces a warrant accusing him of being a guard at a Nazi-run internment camp during World War II and being an accessory to the murder of 29,000 people. The retired Ohio autoworker was deported from the United States and arrived Tuesday morning at Munich's airport. Now the 89-year-old will be brought before a judge and formally arrested.

In the 1980s Demjanjuk was extradited to Israel where he was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to death; his conviction was overturned by the Israeli supreme court which accepted his claim of mistaken identity. But Demjanjuk has remained at the top of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of "most wanted" Nazi war crimes suspects.

For more on this story we turn to Tristana Moore, the BBC’s reporter in Berlin.


The Takeaway

The (possible) Nazi on his deathbed

Thursday, April 16, 2009

It has been over sixty years since the end of the Third Reich’s reign of terror over Europe and the Nuremberg Trials that followed. Yet the hunt still continues for the long-lost Nazi war criminals. So when alleged Nazi prison guard John Demjanjuk was found in a small American town, there was a thrill of victory for some and shivers for others. But despite what Mr. Demjanjuk may be guilty of, he is a sickly 89-year-old man. And for that he was given a stay of deportation Tuesday, just hours after immigration agents physically carried him in his wheelchair out of his house. Demjanjuk awaits a war crime trial in Germany. His family and lawyer said that he is so sick, a trip could kill him.

For more on this story The Takeaway is joined by David Marwell, Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. David followed Demjanjuk’s deportation and trial in Israel over twenty years ago. We are also joined by Jonathan Silvers who is finishing up his new documentary, Elusive Justice, about the search for and prosecution of Nazi war criminals.


On Being

Martin Doblmeier — Ethics and the Will of God: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer [remix]

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose life spanned the rise and fall of Hitler's Germany, offers us a model of personal morality and conscience in the most troubled and immoral of times. His resistance of Nazi ideology, while much of the German church succumbed, is