In the hours since the Swedish Academy announced Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke as newly-minted winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature, much has been made of the contrast between then. Tokarczuk, the 2018 laureate — whose award comes a year late, after a scandal derailed 2018 committee’s deliberations — is a Polish novelist whose critical eye toward her country’s government and history has made her the target of a nationalist backlash.
Talya Zax The New York Times October 1, 2019 When not at work on a book about the roots of anti-Semitism in his country, the German historian and Holocaust expert Peter Longerich has been thinking about 1923. In that year, Longerich explained, Germany faced a severe crisis. The economy teetered, separatist movements accelerated in multiple states and, in November, the upstart politician Adolf Hitler attempted aputschin Bavaria.
Scholars have traditionally looked to the era’s social conditions to understand the rise of Nazism. Two new biographies take a different approach. ImageHitler outside party headquarters in 1931. The biographers Peter Longerich and Brendan Simms have new books about his rise to power. Sept. 29, 2019, 5:00 a.m. ETWhen not at work on a book about the roots of anti-Semitism in his country, the German historian and Holocaust expert Peter Longerich has been thinking about 1923.