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Åman, Johannes

Redakteur bei Dagens Nyheter


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Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 29/10/2010

A faint-hearted Hitler exhibition

For the first time ever an exhibition in Germany examines Adolf Hitler as a person. The Deutsche Historische Museum in Berlin does this in a very tactful manner but falls short of its objective, the daily Dagens Nyheter writes: "The exhibition should not fuel the idolisation of Hitler in any way. This was one of the most important prerequisites for the work on the exhibition. For this reason there are no pictures of Hitler in large format. There is plenty of propaganda material, however it is given no leeway but consistently contrasted with pictures of the actions of the Nazis: arrests, violence, murders. Another thing that is noticeable is the silence in the rooms. There are moving pictures but no sign of a screeching, excitedly gesticulating Hitler. Those who come to Berlin expecting to see the first exhibition about Hitler will find him curiously absent. One could see this as a weakness of the Deutsche Historische Museum - having lacked the courage to closely tackle the question of who Hitler was. The museum didn't dare put a spotlight on Hitler, preferring to embed his dangerousness in something bigger and less explosive."

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | 14/10/2009

Poster ban harms Swiss democracy

The partial ban on a poster by the right-wing populist SVP for the Swiss referendum on banning minarets slated for November reminds the Stockholm daily Dagens Nyheter of the cartoon controversy in Denmark: "With this poster ban the minaret question now has much in common with the dispute over the Danish Muhammad cartoons. Suddenly attention has shifted from the freedom of religion and tolerance to the freedom of opinion. For this reason stopping the poster was not wrong in principle. It was simply stupid. The yes campaign [for a ban on minarets] can now cast itself as victim, something groups with xenophobic messages love to do. The proposed constitutional ban on minarets would stand in conflict with the principles of the constitution on non-discrimination, as well as with the European Convention on Human Rights. For that reason a victory for the yes side could only harm democracy in Switzerland."

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