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German e-book sensation Oliver Pötzsch, of “The Hangman’s Daughter,” is back. We’ll look at Germany, Europe, and the human condition.

Execution of Pirates in Hamburg, 1573
Execution of Pirates in Hamburg, 1573

Germany and Germans, center stage on the planet right now as Europe wobbles.  German money.  German industry.  German values.  German morals.  Towering over a continent in crisis.  Do as we say, comes a German message, or Europe will go down.

German broadcaster and historical fiction writer Oliver Potszch knows Germany in his bones.  He’s written “The Hangman’s Daughter” series of novels on old-time executioners in the family.  Days of witchcraft, courage and fear.  Now he’s watching the world with us.

This hour, On Point:  Germany, center stage.
-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Oliver Pötzsch, author, radio personality and screenwriter. His new book is The Dark Monk.

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Project Syndicate "It seemed clear that Germany (or at least this rather large gathering of government, business, and labor leaders) remains committed to the euro and to deeper European integration, and recognizes that success will require Europe-wide burden-sharing to overcome the ongoing eurozone crisis."

Reuters "Players and coaches sought to play down the political meaning of a clash between Greece and Germany at Euro 2012 on Tuesday, as France, England and hosts Ukraine prepared to battle for the last two quarter-final places."

Excerpt: The Dark Monk

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Video: The Hangman's Daughter

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Waldgeist by Voluptatis Causa

This program aired on June 20, 2012.

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