Germans have had a form of national healthcare for about 100 years. Conservative and liberals, employees and employers all embrace the national system as one that leads to a healthier, more productive workforce. So, when it comes to understanding the U.S. debate, they're left scratching their heads.
At the height of the Cold War, a small group of Army personnel monitored communications in Soviet-controlled East Berlin. They'd send the recordings back to NSA headquarters in Washington and — in many ways, are the precursors to the modern surveillance system that has become so controversial.
It’s nearly seventy years since World War II ended. In that time, many historians have documented what happened to Germany’s Jews under the Nazis. But less attention has been paid to what happened to Jewish survivors who stayed in Germany after the Holocaust – particularly the Jews who settled in the former East Germany, or the GDR as it was called. Now a new German play addresses some of that history.