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A refugee soldier captured the man who ran Auschwitz. This act of homage follows the chase

The News Matrix: Monday 2 September 2013

Councils sell off personal details

Nearly 100,000 Nazi storm troopers are gathered at Luitpold arena to listen to a speech by Adolf Hitler on 'Brown Shirt Day'

Nuremberg rallies to repair crumbling Nazi heritage site

Officials in the German city of Nuremberg have announced controversial plans to spend up to €70m (£60m) on renovating the city’s vast yet dilapidated Nazi Party rally grounds, used by the documentary filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl as a haunting backdrop for her Hitler propaganda film Triumph of the Will.

Thiago Motta

Bayern Munich signing Thiago Alcantara out for two months following surgery

The former Barcelona midfielder hurt himself at the weekend

Bert Trautmann in the 1956 FA Cup Final against Birmingham City; he broke his neck making this save

Former Germany international and Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann dies

He played more than 500 times for the Citizens between 1949 and 1964

Film review: The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

Werner Herzog, 109mins. Starring: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast (PG)

Big break: Hamburg is home to a wealth of art

Morbid Hitler had 'messiah complex'

A secret intelligence report - compiled just as Hitler embarked on the Final Solution - found the Nazi leader had a "messiah complex" and increasingly turned to "Jew-phobia" as defeat loomed.

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Royal Opera House, London
Hansel and Gretel, King's Head Theatre, London

Intoxicating and thrilling, Wagner's romantic comedy revival mixes the scent of elder blossom with priapic mayhem

Die Meistersinger, Glyndebourne, East Sussex<br/>Maurizio Pollini, Royal Festival Hall, London

David McVicar's entertaining production ignores historic tensions and leaves us wanting more

Hotel holds 'prison parties' in cellars used for Nazi crimes

Hamelin, the German provincial town famous for its 16th-century Pied Piper, was at the centre of an embarrassing row yesterday after one of its premier hotels admitted holding mock "prison parties" for guests in cellars once used by the Nazis to torture and murder their opponents.

Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Some pieces you just have to trust and trust implicitly. When a text is as good as Wagner’s Die Meistersinger it’s a wise director who takes a step back and let the words, the characters, the bountiful score go forth and prosper.

Women at war: The female British artists who were written out of history

The job of portraying battle has, traditionally, been seen as a male preserve. But Arifa Akbar discovers that women war artists also played a crucial role

Fold comfort for the lute

We know the problems facing cellists when they fly with their precious instruments: to avoid damage in the hold, they buy a second seat. But things are even worse for players of the now-fashionable theorbo lute which, at over six-feet long, requires a case like a coffin on wheels. Theorbo players travel by road or rail, as flying is out.

The Philosopher of Auschwitz, By Ir&#232;ne Heidelberger-Leonard, trans. Anthea Bell

Jean Améry had always wanted to be someone extraordinary. Yet when he became just that, lauded by post-war writers, from Heinrich Böll to Alain Robbe-Grillet, Ernst Bloch to Günter Grass, Alfred Andersch to Ingeborg Bachmann, he still felt he had not achieved enough. He was the darling of the German media. Prizes and honours were raining down: from Switzerland, which had provided him with a living, working relentlessly hard, as a journalist and critic after his survival of the concentration camps; from Germany, the land not only of thinkers and high culture, but also of perpetrators, where he had not set foot during the intervening years; and even from Austria, from which he had been hunted "like a hare" in 1938, but where he returned to take his own life in 1978.

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