Viewing Japan and China, circa 1937-38, via Nazi Archives

Among other things, I’ve spent a couple of days back in the Bundesarchiv here in Berlin, and found a new trove of materials in the R55 section, which is the Reichsministrium fuer Volksaufklaerung und Propaganda.  These are, in other words, documents from the Propaganda Ministry run by Dr. Goebbels.  To my knowledge, these files have never been used as the basis of a study of … Continue reading Viewing Japan and China, circa 1937-38, via Nazi Archives

Did Kim Jong Il Visit East Germany in 1960?

Kim Jong Il biographers appear to be conflicted about the young man’s whereabouts in the year 1960.  Was the nineteen-year-old future leader traveling around the German Democratic Republic, or was he getting things rolling at the university in Pyongyang which still bears his father’s name?  Or perhaps both?  His official biography, in any case, has him firmly at Kim Il Sung University. I don’t have … Continue reading Did Kim Jong Il Visit East Germany in 1960?

Archives Week

This week, and next as well, I’m in Berlin for the annual spelunking of the Bundesarchiv, Germany’s premier archive.  The Bundesarchiv is a treasure house of information, if you can find it, that is.   The archive is hidden away in a leafy corner of Lichterfelde West just past Kadettenweg on the grounds of an officer’s school with roots in the Prussian past, all within a … Continue reading Archives Week