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There is something especially poignant about posthumously published works. Especially when we know how the author died. Who can read "The Diary of Anne Frank" and not feel an added measure of pathos at her hopefulness in such dreadful circumstances because we know of the infinitely more hideous fate awaiting her after her diary concludes?
What does James Holmes, the Colorado accused killer, have in common with Jared Loughner, Andres Behring Breivik, Seung-Hui Cho, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris? They all linked to the massacre of innocent people on a massive scale. Yet they have something else in common. They are all nobodies or losers, as the phrase has it.
Angela Merkel's Germany is losing its edge politically as her party suffers setbacks in local elections and is sidetracked by France's assertion of leadership toward the Arab Spring. Culturally and intellectually, however, Berlin is still the European capital pushing the envelope. Berlin drives the engine for thinking and rethinking Germany's past.
Exactly 50 years ago next month, a trial began in Jerusalem that was in itself an important act of retributive justice. But because the defendant, Adolf Eichmann, was a significant figure in the Nazi apparatus designed to exterminate the Jewish people, it was far more important - legally, culturally and historically - than an ordinary murder trial.