He was born in Germany, and he is black. A 26-year-old student who won a landmark court case against police for racial profiling this week speaks with SPIEGEL ONLINE about his moment of civil disobedience and whether he thinks the legal victory will change things for others like him.


Germany unveils Roma Holocaust memorial

Oct. 24 2012

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has opened a memorial in Berlin to the Roma victims of the Nazi Holocaust. Up to 500,000 Roma Gypsies were murdered by the Nazis during during World War II. Wednesday’s unveiling comes after years of delays and disputes over the memorial’s design and its cost. The long-delayed monument, consisting of a round pool of water and stele on which a single fresh flower will rest each day, sits opposite the Reichstag parliament building in central Berlin. Al Jazeera’s Nick Spicer reports from Berlin.

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This day in history:

Amid protests across Soviet-dominated Hungary, violence erupts, sparking the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Soon after the revolution began the Soviet Union planned to give in to demands and withdraw forces from the country.  However they quickly changed plans and sent in a large military force to quash the rebellion and regain control.

Revolutionaries made quick and large gains up to the end of October, but stood no chance against the superior Soviet military.  The rebellion eventually ended on November 10, two and a half weeks after it began.

Despite calls for help to western countries (especially the USA), the revolutionaries received no support during the conflict, and Hungary was dominated by Soviet oppression until 1989.

October 23, 1956 - 56 years ago today

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Scenes from World War II Photoshopped Onto Today’s Streets

“It is a bit like painting with history,” Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse says of her project “Ghosts of History.”

She got the idea a few years ago when she found some old negatives at a flea market in Amsterdam, where she lives. “I was very curious about these mysterious photos and wanted to find out who took them and where. So I started to walk around Amsterdam and made photos in the same spot where the old photos were made and combined them on the computer.”

See more. [Images: Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse, Unknown, Tom Timmermans]

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First days of the occupation of Berlin.

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Is it a Nazi? Use this handy guide to find out. 

The author of the award-winning play Clybourne Park has refused permission to a Berlin theatre company to perform the play after learning that a lead character would appear blacked up.

Managers at the Deutsches Theatre said a female African-American character in the play was being performed by a white actress and producers would “experiment with make-up”.

In a letter to the Dramatists Guild, US playwright Bruce Norris said he was taking a “zero tolerance position” on what he termed an “asinine tradition”.

"Normally I don’t meddle in the cultural politics of other countries," wrote Norris "but when my work and the work of my colleagues — other playwrights — is misrepresented, I do. A zero-tolerance position is the only position to take."

He urged fellow playwrights “to boycott productions of your own work by German theatres that continue this asinine tradition”.

In January this year, German director Thomas Schendel came under fire after allowing a white actor to paint his face black and take on the role of an elderly African-American in the Schlosspark Theatre’s production of I’m Not Rappaport.

In a long letter to the Dramatists Guild, Norris condemned the ongoing use of blacked up actors in German
 language productions.The theatre group vehemently denied claims of racism, saying they could not find “an elderly black actor” who could fulfil the role. Schendel also claimed that “blackface is part of a theatre tradition” in Germany.

"After much evasion, justification and rationalising of their reasons," he said, producers at the Deutsches Theatre "finally informed me that the colour of the actress’s skin would ultimately be irrelevant, since they intended to ‘experiment with make-up.’ At this point, I retracted the rights to the production."

Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun, Clybourne Park - a satire about race and class - won a Tony and an Olivier earlier this year, and the Pulitzer Prize for drama last year.

The play debuted off-Broadway in February 2010, before making its UK premiere at London’s Royal Court later that year. A sell-out run saw it transfer to the West End for a four-month run in 2011.

The action unfolds in Chicago in 1959, and then revisits the same location in 2009. Cast members play different characters in each half of the play.



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