Archive for May, 2012

Documenta 13 in dispute with church

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 31 May 2012 by delclem

Is the renowned German art exhibition documenta in Kassel censoring (other) art?

“Amidst fervent interest and speculation regarding the artist list of the upcoming 13th edition of the exhibtion, which has the art world looking for any clues possible to upset the traditionally secret document, documenta artistic director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and the catholic church have exchanged blows over a sculpture installed on the spire of Kassel’s St. Elizabeth’s Church. The work, Stephan Balkenhol’s “Man in the Tower” (2012), is a rough-hewn wooden rendering of a male figure dressed in a white shirt and grey trousers, with arms outstretched as if on a crucifix.” > text (c) ARTINFO, 2012

> website documenta 13

“City without Jews” in Vienna & Budapest

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 28 May 2012 by delclem

Stadt ohne Juden(“City without Jews”) was the title of a 1922 best-selling novel by the Jewish Viennese author Hugo Bettauer  who was assassinated by an Austrian Nazi three years later; it is available in print again (see the review in the German section of my blog). It is an disturbingly prophetic piece of fiction about a Viennese mayor who expels the jews from ‘his’ city (although everything comes to a happy ending eventually; unfortunately is subscribes to some stereotypes about Jews as well).

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 27 May 2012 by delclem

“HHhH is Reinhard Heydrich, the ‘butcher of Prague’, a man who physically and ideologically embodied the Nazi regime. His immediate superior was Heinrich Himmler, and rumours were whispered in the shadows of the Third Reich that ‘Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich’ – in German, Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich, or HHhH.

The book traces the planning, execution and aftermath of Operation Anthropoid, the resistance’s successful plot to assassinate Heydrich in Prague, the city he commanded as Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia. The two heroes of the novel are Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis, the almost unbearably brave assassins, but Heydrich, in all his horror, is the central character. “All the characters are real. All the events depicted are true,” asserts the book’s cover. And hence Binet’s dilemma.” Read the full review in THE IRISH TIMES, 2012

PS. Heydrich was assassinated exactly 70 years ago.
>Another review (

The 1942 “Death Match”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 24 May 2012 by delclem


“The aftermath of the so-called ‘death match’ between the Kiev football team ‘Start’ and a team of Nazi soldiers during World War Two has been hotly debated for decades. Continue reading

“Death to Fascism, Freedom to the People!”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on 22 May 2012 by delclem

“The slogan  Smrt fašizmu, sloboda narodu! was a Yugoslav Partisan motto, afterward accepted as the official slogan of the entire resistance movement, and was often quoted in post-war Yugoslavia. It was also used as a greeting formula among the movement members both in official and unofficial correspondence during the war and for a few subsequent years, often abbreviated as “SFSN!”. (…) Continue reading

What is a mother tongue?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 12 May 2012 by delclem

Prof Jacques Le Rider on Fritz Mauthner, Franz Kafka, and Elias Canetti.

Lecture during the symposium Languages other than mine, May 2012

Video (c) College de France, May 2012