History & Politics, the audio podcast of the Körber Foundation, offers insights into the connections between the past and the present. Episodes are offered in German.
Author and political scientist Jens Siegert discusses the lasting shadows of the past in German-Russian relations and whether Russia is historically destined to be a great power.
In Belarus, citizens have been demonstrating for democratic reforms since August 2020. The government and authorities are taking massive action against the protests and the rest of Europe remains predominantly in the role of spectator. Belarusian philosopher Olga Shparaga talks about the aims of the protest movement, the role of national symbols and Belarusian history for the democracy movement and what support the people of Belarus need from their European neighbours.
Historian Stephan Malinowski on the role of the German nobility in establishing Nazi rule, the myths surrounding the resistance of 20 July 1944 and the current debate sparked by the restitution claims of the House of Hohenzollern.
Historian Miriam Rürup on Jewish life in Germany after 1945 and how difficult new beginnings have made way to the increasingly vibrant Jewish life of today, in spite of an unfading past.
Historian Jörn Leonhard discusses 150 years of Franco-German relations, from the legacy of enmity that followed the proclamation of the German Kaiser at Versailles in 1871 to the "Franco-German engine" that powers the European Union of today.
Tatjana Tönsmeyer on Nazi occupation policy in Europe during the Second World War and how commemoration forms a bridge for common European remembrance or promotes competition among victims.
Sandra Günter on the relationship between sports and society throughout history.
Helene von Bismarck on the impact that different interpretations of the past and historical role models had and continue to have on Brexit and EU-UK relations.
Aleida Assman, renowned art historian, talks about Europe in crisis mode in the most recent History & Politics Podcast episode. Looking at the history of the EU, she analyses the origins of European cohesion and solidarity as well as current dividing lines. She also explains why we urgently need a new definition for the term “nation”.
Birte Förster on gender roles and gender justice in historical times of crisis and whether the Corona crisis has led to a regression in how domestic care work is shared
Elke Gryglewski on current challenges of dealing with the history of National Socialism
Mary Elise Sarotte on the enlargement of NATO, discord between Russia and the West and the future of transatlantic relations
Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk on the lengthy process of German Reunification
Hedwig Richter on democratic movements and elections