Germany

The untold history of armistice and the end of World War I

‘The best antidote to ideology is detail,’ writes Paul Mason. And the detail that’s missing this Armistice Day is that working people, when they take power into their own hands, can end whatever catastrophe is imposed on them.

"Vae victis", Germany!

A 1960 article by Amadeo Bordiga on the role which Germany played in the two world wars and which the author expected it to play in a future communist revolution, translated into English for the first time. The translation does not imply endorsement; the article is reproduced here for reference and to illustrate Bordiga’s uneasy internationalism, which was characterized by a firm rejection of support for either the US or the USSR, but also by a dismissive, if not sympathetic attitude toward Nazi Germany.

Le Prolétaire – The Tragedy of the German Proletariat in the First Post-War Period

We present here in English the International Communist Party’s account and analysis of the struggles of revolutionary and counter-revolutionary forces in Germany in the first post war period, published in eight separate parts in 1972.

WCH E4: Anti-Nazi youth movements in World War II

A group of Edelweiss Pirates

An interview with historian Nick Heath about anti-Nazi youth cultural movements in fascist Europe before and during World War II. In particular we look at the German Edelweiss Pirates and Swing Kids, the French Zazous and the Austrian Schlurfs.

Eternal War on the Hitler Youth - The Edelweiss Pirates 1938 - 1945

A group of Edelweiss Pirates

An account of the resistance to the Nazi regime by dissident youths who formed gangs to combat the Nazi party and its youth organisations.

Global Deliveroo strikes

Striking Deliveroo workers in Hong Kong.

Over the last couple of weeks, Deliveroo have been hit by a series of strikes and occupations all over the world: from Hong Kong to Belgium, Holland, France and Germany. Meanwhile, in Shanghai, the first union for online food deliverers has been formed.

Foodora and Deliveroo Riders protest in Berlin

Foodora and Deliveroo Riders protest in Berlin

On January 24 2018, Foodora and Deliveroo riders in Berlin have protested against their precarious working conditions. They have to pay for most of the bike repair costs themselves. This leads to many having to ride with bicycles that are not safe, because they can not afford the repair costs.

Video, 8 mins, 2018 engl./german with engl. subs.
http://en.labournet.tv/foodora-and-deliveroo-riders-protest-berlin

Remembering the Black Triangles

Some information on often overshadowed victims of Nazi aggression, and what their suffering tells us about the nature of totalitarianism.

The brown plague - Daniel Guérin

Daniel Guérin (1904–1988) was the author of over forty books on a range of subjects including anarchism, decolonization, European and American workers’ movements, and the French Revolution. A pioneering gay activist, he was involved in both the postwar homophile movement and the struggles for liberation that followed in France after the upheavals of May 1968. Robert Schwartzwald is Associate Professor of French at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

The advance skirmishes of the German Revolution (1917-1918) and Richard Müller – Charles-André Udry

A brief introduction to Richard Müller, the leader of the revolutionary shop stewards (Revolutionäre Obleute) among the German metal workers during World War One, and his role in the mass strikes in the German munitions industry in 1917 and 1918, with excerpts from his book, Eine Geschichte der Novemberrevolution (A History of the November Revolution) (1924), and an official police intelligence report on the strike wave of January-February 1917 taken from the archives of the Berlin police department.