Berlin

Breakdown in Berlin: Red Pill, by Hari Kunzru, reviewed

10 October 2020 9:00 am

‘I was what they call an “independent scholar”’, confides the narrator of Hari Kunzru’s Red Pill, a middle-aged writer from…

As immersive art goes, nothing can compete with Berghain

26 September 2020 9:00 am

In Geoff Dyer’s Jeff in Venice, the protagonist, at the Venice Biennale, muses on installations. ‘Ideally, the perfect art installation…

Superbly convincing: Unorthodox reviewed

2 May 2020 9:00 am

When I lived briefly in Stamford Hill I was mesmerised by the huge fur hats (shtreimel) worn by the local…

Hiding from the Gestapo in plain sight in Berlin

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Of the many bleak moments that have lodged in my mind since reading this extraordinary book the most unshakeable is…

Philip Kerr, photographed in Paris in 2012. Credit: Getty Images

Farewell Bernie Gunther: Metropolis, by Philip Kerr, reviewed

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Philip Kerr’s first Bernie Gunther novel, March Violets, was published 30 years ago. From the start, the format was a…

The fall of Daniel Barenboim

23 March 2019 9:00 am

A few years ago, I hooked up with a BBC team in Berlin to record a programme with Daniel Barenboim.…

Scarlett Johansson as a mermaid? Bung her in

What is a serious film festival doing opening with Hail, Caesar!

20 February 2016 9:00 am

What is a serious film festival doing opening with Ethan and Joel Coens’ turkey Hail, Caesar!? James Woodall reports from Berlin

Nick Robinson’s diary: What dog will donate its vocal cords to me?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Scientists are experimenting with growing replacement vocal cords in the lab, as well as transplanting them from dogs. That was…

Members of the Hitler Youth clear debris after an air raid on Berlin, August 1944

The swastika was always in plain sight

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Ordinary Germans under the Third Reich did have wills of their own, argues Dominic Green. Most actively embraced Nazi ideology, and were aware of the extermination of the Jews. As the war worsened for them, what did they think they were fighting for?

Author William Boyd (Photo: Getty)

For William Boyd's war-photographer heroine, life is a series of accidents

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Amory Clay, photographer and photo-journalist, was born in 1908, only two years after Logan Mountstuart, writer, poseur and ‘scribivelard’. Amory…

What really happened in the Berlin Philharmonic election

23 May 2015 9:00 am

The morning after the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra failed to elect a music director, I took a call from Bild-Zeitung, Berlin’s…

Joining the old rogue on his 80th birthday, from left to right, Bevis Hillier, Antonia Fraser, Hamilton, James Pope-Hennessy, James Reeve, and the Spectator’s current book editor, Mark Amory

The long and disgraceful life of Britain's pre-eminent bounder

19 July 2014 9:00 am

In his time, Gerald Hamilton (1890–1970) was an almost legendary figure, but he is now remembered — if at all…

Hannah Höch – from Dada firebrand to poet of collage

1 March 2014 9:00 am

I suspect I am not alone in finding it surprising to encounter at the close of this exhibition an unexpected…

When a Chinese and a Japanese visit Tokyo's Yasukuni war shrine

22 February 2014 9:00 am

What does freedom mean to you? That’s the question the BBC World Service has been asking of us through its…

The best thing to come out of Davos

18 January 2014 9:00 am

William Cook visits the Kirchner Museum in Davos, the Alpine town where the German Expressionist found refuge and inspiration

Interview David Chipperfield: It is better to be fond of architecture than amazed by it

7 December 2013 9:00 am

William Cook talks to the architect David Chipperfield, whose work has made him a star in Germany

Has Germany confronted its Nazi past? Not where art is concerned

9 November 2013 9:00 am

The discovery of a hoard of lost paintings is a reminder that denial still exists in the German art world

Hitler didn't start indiscriminate bombings — Churchill did 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

‘I cannot describe to you what a curious note of brutality a bomb has,’ said one woman who lived through…

Germany's war on Barbie

20 July 2013 9:00 am

She’s loathed by topless German neo-feminists. But isn’t it time to cut her some slack?