Declassified Documents: U.S. Military Bombed the Nazi Germany Oil Refinery That Fred Koch Helped Build

Andy Cush · 01/18/16 10:42AM

Among the revelations in Dark Money, Jane Mayer’s expansive new book on the Koch brothers and the rise of contemporary American conservatism, is that Fred Koch, the billionaire duo’s father, once helped build an oil refinery in Nazi Germany. The New York Times broke that item last week, but left out a key detail from the book: allied forces bombed the refinery during World War II.

Germans (Still) Can't Get Enough of Mein Kampf

Ashley Feinberg · 01/11/16 10:19AM

With Mein Kampf back on German bookshelves for the first time in 70 years, Germans are buying up the murderous manifesto faster than even online retailers can churn it out. In less than a week of being back in its native tongue, Mein Kampf is already sold out in Germany.

Anne Frank's Diary and Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf Both Enter the Public Domain on Friday

Brendan O'Connor · 12/30/15 11:40PM

A copyright fight is brewing in Europe this week as the deadline after which two key WWII-era texts will fall within the public domain steadily approaches. In Europe, a book becomes public domain 70 years after the author’s death, on the first day of January. This Friday, January 1st, both Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl and Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf will enter the public domain.

Vandals Attack Facebook Offices in Germany

Brendan O'Connor · 12/13/15 09:15PM

A group of 15-20 people wearing black clothes and hoods attacked the building housing Facebook’s offices in Hamburg, Germany, police said in a statement Saturday. Reuters reports that the vandals smashed glass, threw paint, and sprayed “Facebook dislike” on a wall. A Facebook spokesman said no one was injured.

Allie Jones · 12/04/15 12:30PM

German lawmakers voted today to aid France in the fight against ISIS in Syria. Per the AP, Germany will engage in a “broad noncombat mission” by sending reconnaissance jets and a frigate to support French operations.