Nazi Germany

The Leonard Lopate Show

Bernie Gunther and Joseph Goebbels Collide in Philip Kerr's New Novel

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Philip Kerr's new novel tells the tale of a rising star in a giant German film company, heavily influenced by the very dangerous Propaganda Minister—close confidant of Hitler.  

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A Composer’s New Work Is Deemed Dangerous For Children

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The New York Youth Symphony abruptly canceled the Carnegie Hall debut of a young composer because his piece includes a musical quotation of the Nazi anthem. Did they make the right call?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Forgotten Documentary Capturing The Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In 1945 Britain’s army film unit created a documentary about the liberation of Nazi concentration camps, but 6 months after it was green-lit, funding was pulled, and it was shelved.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The term "degenerate" was adopted by the Nazis as part of its campaign against modern art. Many works branded as such were seized from museums and private collections,and a three-year traveling exhibition crisscrossed Germany and Austria to put this art on display. Afterward most works were sold, lost, or presumed destroyed. Curator Olaf Peters talks about the exhibition “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937” exhibition at the Neue Galerie. The show includes works by Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Ernst Luwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, and Emil Nolde, among others. It includes approximately 50 paintings and sculptures, 30 works on paper, and several posters, as well as photographs and other memorabilia. One room will contrast so-called "Degenerate Art" with officially sanctioned art of the period, including works shown at the 1937 "Great German Art Exhibition" in Munich. The exhibition is on view at the Neue Galerie March 13–June 30, 2014.

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Art Stolen by the Nazis Discovered in Munich

Thursday, November 07, 2013

More than one thousand works of art stolen by the Nazi’s were discovered in a Munich apartment this week. Valued at nearly $1.35 billion, the trove includes works by Matisse, Picasso, Dix and Chagall believed to have been seized from museums and Jewish collectors. It has also been revealed that the US military may have inspected part of collection after World War II and then returned it to Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt. Dr. Christoph Zuschlag, a professor of art history at the University of Koblenz in Landau, Germany, and David Lewis, co-chair of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, talk about the discovery.

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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.

On The Media

The Collaboration

Friday, September 06, 2013

In the 1930's, Hollywood studios agreed to censor and sometimes cancel films in order to remain active in Nazi Germany. Bob talks to Ben Urwand, author of The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact With Hitler about this oft-forgotten chapter of American history.

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Holocaust Survivors Reflect on Astounding New Findings

Sunday, March 03, 2013

The number of camps and ghettos established by Nazi Germany is far more than previously believed, and the findings are shocking both scholars and descendants of Holocaust victims and survivors.

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'Carmina Burana': Orff's Vibrant Cantata Intertwined with Nazi Debate

Monday, October 01, 2012

It is one of classical music's hardiest creatures, repeatedly set loose across concert halls, recording studios and the landscape of popular entertainment.

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Studio 360

Mirroring Evil

Saturday, April 06, 2002

WNYC's Sara Fishko looks at the controversial show Mirroring Evil at New York’s Jewish Museum. The exhibition features contemporary artwork about the Nazis and the Holocaust. 


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Design for the Real World: Swastika

Saturday, February 24, 2001

Graphic designer Steven Heller looks at an ancient token of good fortune that was transformed into the emblem of Nazi Germany.