East Germany

Germany's 'most dangerous neo-Nazi' Beate Zschaepe finally to stand trial

Street signs in German cities where the neo-Nazi National Socialist Underground carried out their attacks. Photo: Reuters

Prosecutors call Beate Zschaepe Germany's most dangerous neo-Nazi and from Monday she will sit in the dock in the country's biggest far-right murder trial of the post-war period. But ahead of next week's proceedings against Zschaepe and four alleged accomplices in the southern city of Munich, the unassuming bespectacled brunette remains an enigma behind a wall of silence.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 3:25am

Bloc Party

FINDING NEW art in New York is like finding sand on the beach. It's a certainty. But understanding how the art affects the viewer is where the sea level rises. One sure to create a stir is Ostalgia at the New Museum.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Economic gap still divides Germany

The fall of the Berlin Wall meant the collapse of communism in East Germany, and the unification of all Germans.

But, 20 years later, there are still many problems a united Germany needs to tackle.

17 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Berlin celebrates freedom

In biblical times, a trumpet fanfare caused the fortifications around the city of Jericho to tumble to the ground. In the 18th century, a furious mob sacked the Bastille in Paris, sparking the start of the French Revolution and sounding the death knell of the monarchy.

3 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

on style, she rules

I have just learned that the theme and dress code for our annual staff dinner will be the Olympics. I'm thinking of dressing as a member of East Germany's men's synchronised swimming team but I've been told it's not a good idea to appear in Speedos. Where can I get one of those old training suits, preferably in the most ugly light blue? And where can I get a nose clip?

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Key dates

Events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

A rickety ride down memory lane

BILL VAUGHN, the late columnist for the Kansas City Star, certainly did not have Germany in mind when he said: 'It's never safe to be nostalgic about something until you're absolutely certain there's no chance of its coming back'.

16 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Germans share skills

An increase in the number of Germans pursuing work opportunities in Asia is fuelling a rise in demand for German-style education, according to the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad.

Head of the agency Joachim Lauer said enrolment in German international schools in Asia reflected the region's economic cycle.

10 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

The Lives of Others

Starring: Ulrich Muhe, Sebastian Koch, Martina Gedeck

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Category: IIB (German)

1 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Trabi love

On the East Side Gallery - a 1.6km-long chunk of Berlin Wall preserved as an alfresco art exhibition - is one image that sums up the city's tumultuous history: a painting of an East German Trabant car smashing through the concrete barrier. This, of course, is pure fantasy.

2 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

No change

Berlin (September 16): East German Communists, envious of the bustling Western port of Hamburg, are building up a rival shipping centre on the Baltic coast.

The Government's slowly unfolding five-year plan for the Soviet zone calls for 100 per cent expansion of the city of Rostock.

17 Sep 2000 - 12:00am


TRY a quick word association quiz. In 60 seconds, roll off the top of your head the names you can associate with Berlin. Here's a start: David Bowie, Adolf Hitler, Marlene Dietrich, Willy Brandt, John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein, Richard Strauss, Christiane F. Nefertiti, Rudolf Hess, Nina Hagan, Berthold Brecht, Frederick the Great.

7 Nov 1993 - 12:00am

Hard sell in Germany

EASTERN German land put on the market by the Treuhand agency is proving a tough sell, a senior banker involved in privatising former East German state property has said.

13 Oct 1993 - 12:00am

Donning cloak and dagger in Berlin

EXIT BERLIN, by Tim Sebastian (Bantam, $76).

THEY were euphoric days, particularly for the democracy-espousing West. The communist regimes across Europe were falling like nine pins, along with that most graphic symbol of the totalitarian state, the Berlin Wall.

10 Jan 1993 - 12:00am