WORLD FUTURE FUND
THE ROLE OF GERMAN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY
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The idea of a united Europe has been a dream through European history. It came closest to realization in the time of ancient Rome. Since then there have been many failed efforts such as the Holy Roman Empire, Napoleon and Hitler's Empire.
Today, a united Europe is no longer a dream. It is a reality, and it grows stronger each year, even though the process of unification has been a very messy affair (and will continue to be a turbulent and sometimes comical process.).
Europe today has a larger economy, a larger population and a larger army than America. It also has a very large defense and armaments industry. If the world situation continues to go downhill, Europe could gain the political will to deploy a far larger military machine than America. Indeed, due to changing technology, a major European rearmament campaign at the end of the decade could give Europe a decisive military edge over America, particularly in light of America's huge budget and trade deficits that will make it very hard for America to respond in kind.
AMERICA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION
Under President Bush, America's relations with Europe are at an all time low in history. The post World War II "Atlantic Alliance" was held together by fear of Russia, a threat that no longer exists. The American attack on Iraq in 2003 was and is strongly opposed by most Europeans. America and Europe are also very much at odds over global environmental policies. Trade tensions between America and the EU are also heating up.
Looking at America and the EU, radical internal and cultural differences can be seen. America is the only modern state that does not have a commitment to the ethic of national health insurance. America's social problems are so serious that it has more people in poverty and in jail than the entire EU combined. Equally serious is the growing disgust in Europe with the influence of many "Christian" religious elements in American politics. These groups are perceived by many Europeans as threatening the global environment by opposing responsible efforts at family planning, sex education, many aspects of the war on AIDS and trying to stop needed medical research. In Europe campaigns by various American "religious" groups against gays, Muslims, Hindus and other minorities are seen as particularly offensive. In Europe it is not at all clear that these people need to be "saved". The most popular American version of Christianity, the evangelical version of Christianity born in England in the 18th century, has little support on the continent of Europe What little support it ever did have is rapidly declining due to the previously mentioned actions of the "religious" right and their attachment of the name of their version of "Jesus" to political projects such as tax cuts for the rich and the invasion of Iraq.
GERMANY AND THE EUROPEAN FUTURE
Today, the number one economic and military power in Europe is Germany. Indeed, Germany's position of power is now in some ways more advantageous than ever before. Russia is a pale shadow of its former self. England has gone from being a world empire to a small island. France is also no longer a world empire.
Germany's emerging power is hidden by the political legacy of World War II. German politicians still play down any pretences of nationalism. However, the Schroeder government has charted an independent foreign policy, particularly in relation to America, that is truly a decisive break with the German postwar past.
It is hard to follow some aspects the political debate in Germany because the country still has official censorship laws in place. However, in the last ten years there has been a far more open environment. Many books now appear discussing in great detail the previously heretical notion that America and England committed terrible wars crimes as well as the Nazis. Specifically, these books argue that the decision to use "area bombing", which as a matter of deliberate policy razed whole sections of German cities to the ground, was a war crime. More books are now appearing relating the slaughter of millions of German civilians in the campaign of "ethnic cleansing" organized by the Poles and the Czechs to deport millions of Germans from their lands at the end of World War II.
The end result of such books and public discussions (regardless of their merit or lack of merit) is likely to weaken America's moral authority in the eyes of the German people.
We are not in a position to resolve debates such as these issues in German history. However, we believe it is critical to know about them. We have listed below a wide collection of German books and political organizations. Some are from the far left. Others are from the far right.
As we have always stated in our publications principles, the listing of these groups does not in way imply an endorsement. We are not a rating service. Nor do we have the resources to determine which of these groups does or does not have real power in Germany.
What you see here is what is available to the German people today. Germany is going in new directions. As the most powerful nation in Europe, it is important that people understand what is going on.
The past can and does haunt the future. The new directions in the public perception of the German past could have a major impact on the German future and the future of the potential global superpower of a united EU.
The majority of these sites are in German. When possible we have noted sites that have pages in English, German, and other languages.
NOTE: A BRIEF STATEMENT OF PUBLICATIONS PRINCIPLES
The World Future Fund serves as a source of documentary material, reading lists, and internet links from different points of view that we believe have historical significance. The publication of this material is in no way whatsoever an endorsement of these viewpoints by the World Future Fund, unless explicitly stated by us. As our web site makes very clear, we are totally opposed to ideas such as racism, religious intolerance, and communism. However, in order to combat such evils, it is necessary to understand them by means of the study of key documentary material. For a more detailed statement of our publications standards click here.
EDITORIAL NOTE ON CATEGORIES: IMPORTANT. At the request of our readers the new edition of this report has split up the organizations by category. These terms such and "left-wing", "right-wing and "mainstream" are by their very nature arbitrary and certainly open to debate. They are not meant to be final. Any critical commentary on this will be reviewed by our editors if people object to where some organizations are categorized. This is meant to be a convenience for the busy reader who may not have time to read everything.
Blick nach Rechts German
Extremismus und Demokratie German and English
Informationsdienst gegen Rechtsextremismus
Nazis.de Initiative Some English
Netz Gegen Rechtsextremismus
Vereinigung der Verfolgten des Nazi Regimes/Bund der Antifaschisten (VVN-BDA)
Deutsches Kolleg German
Eine Bewegung Werden German
Institut für Staatspolitik German
Nationales Bündnis Dresden German
Nationaldemokratische Partei Deutschlands (NPD) German
Werkstatt Neues Deutschland German
Dokumentationsarchiv des Österreichischen Widerstand German and English
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung German, English, and Spanish
Fritz Bauer Institut German and English
Hamburger Institut für Sozial Forschung German and English
ONLINE AND PRINT MEDIA OUTLETS
Altermedia Deutschland German
Deutschland Woche German
Nordische Zeitung German
Papyrossa Verlag German
Der Tagesspiegel German
Die Welt German
Die Zeit German
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung German
Rheinischer Merkur German
Süddeutsche Zeitung German
EXPULSIONS FROM EASTERN EUROPE
Bund der Vertriebenen
Erinnerung an Flucht und Vertreibung
Gegen Vertreibungen Exhibition "Erzwungene Wege" (Forced Paths)
Danyel und Phillipp Ther, "Flucht und Vertreibung in europäischer
ALLIED BOMBING CAMPAIGN
Bombenkrieg über Deutschland
INTERNET CENSORSHIP AND THE GERMAN HISTORY DEBATE
Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (Federal Office of Protection of the Constitution) German and English
Rechtskampf (Legal Struggle) German
The issue of Internet censorship in Germany is connected to the debate about German history. For our report the issue of Internet censorship click the link below.
CRITICAL PUBLICATIONS ABOUT THE GERMAN NEW RIGHT
RIGHT-WING POLITICAL THEORY AND CURRENT EVENTS
Schönhuber, Franz. Europas Patrioten. Woher - Wohin? Die Eurorechte: Chance oder Illusion?
Stein, Dieter (Hrsg.). Die Tragödie des Westens. Beiträge und Interviews nach dem 11. September 2001.
STANDARD HISTORIES OF GERMANY 1871 TO 1945
RIGHT-WING EXAMINATIONS OF GERMAN HISTORY
GERMANS AS VICTIMS OF ALLIED BOMBING
Junge Freiheit (Hrsg.) Der Tod fiel vom Himmel: Schicksale im Bombenkrieg 1940-1945 (See web site below)
GERMANS AS VICTIMS OF THE RED ARMY
THE EXPULSION OF GERMANS FROM EASTERN EUROPE
ALLEGED POLISH WAR CRIMES
ALLEGED CZECH WAR CRIMES
Dedina, Sidonia. Edvard Benes - Der Liquidator.
PHOTO BOOKS ON THE THIRD REICH
Wallner, Franz. Der Österreich-Anschluß.