Helen Dale’s first novel ‘The Hand That Signed The Paper’ won critical acclaim and a variety of prestigious prizes like the Miles Franklin Award. Yet, what followed her heightened visibility in the public eye was not a privileged pathway to more success, but a decades-long cancel-culture witchhunt. In her book she described the pressures on and the weaknesses of Ukrainians during WWII. Stalin committed a genocide against them only a few years earlier. The Nazis, at the time, looked like an opportunity to break free from Russian control. It is this historical dilemma Vladimir Putin weaponizes against Ukraine today. In those dark years a disproportionate number of Holocaust enablers emerged from this brutalised country. Cultures change. Ukrainians have made huge strides in the past. One very visible, and thus often repeated, example is that they voted for a president who is the descendent of survivors of both major genocides the country had seen, the Holocaust and the Holodomor.
The polls for the upcoming general election in Germany indicate a trend towards a Green-Party Chancellorship. Annalena Baerbock, the party’s official candidate, sits like a spider in a cobweb of interest groups and lobby networks. Her husband Daniel Holefleisch is a life-long lobbyist by profession. Let’s talk about it!
correction: I have mentioned in a displayed note that Holefleisch describes the activity of snowcap AG as forming ties between universities and ministries. That was the description of his role there. The company’s self-description is elusive and questionable. Their website is written in English and you find it here.