After 25 years of unification, annexation, or occupation, the only safe predictions in Germany still seem to be the ones about lunar eclipses.
The end of the GDR eased the way for racists and open Nazis. A defeat of Syriza and the hopes it raised could open the door to a strengthened neo-Nazi Golden Dawn movement.
Few of the media reports told the full story, not only about the anti-Semitism of the Nazis at its beginning but about the anti-Communism which later followed.
An extraordinary filmmaker who made extraordinary films and lived to the extraordinary age of 101, Kurt Maetzig died August 8. But he was virtually unknown in the U.S.