Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Druggist of Auschwitz: A Documentary Novel by Dieter Schlesak and John Hargraves. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 12, 2011 — Dieter Schlesak's "documentary novel," translated from German, puts Auschwitz's pharmacist on trial. The book employs interviews with concentration camp survivors, letters and camp records, and testimony and evidence from the druggist's actual trial, which took place in the 1960s.
Sep 5, 2009 — There's a saying in Rwanda: "God spends the day elsewhere, but he sleeps in Rwanda." It alludes to Rwanda's physical beauty, but also to the brutality that has sometimes haunted the country. Joseph Sebarenzi captures both in his memoir, God Sleeps in Rwanda.
Mar 8, 2009 — The Kindly Ones, by Jonathan Littell, is the fictional first-person memoir of a cultured German who loves Bach, cherishes great literature — and also happens to be a former Nazi exterminator.
Jun 30, 2008 — In the upcoming issue of the New Yorker, Seymour Hersh writes that the United States may be closer to armed conflict with Iran than previously imagined.
Mar 8, 2008 — In Hunting the Tiger, journalist Christopher S. Stewart tells the story of how Zeljko Raznatovic, a petty criminal, rose to head one of Serbia's most notorious death squads.
May 1, 2007 — Actor Don Cheadle, who starred in a movie about the Rwanda genocide of 1994, is urging citizens to speak out to help end suffering in Darfur. He is the co-author of a book that maintains that people can influence their governments to act.
Apr 24, 2006 — Authors Louise Mushikiwabo and Jack Kramer discuss their new book, Rwanda Means the Universe. They describe years of peaceful coexistence between the Bahutu and Batutsi in Rwanda, and events leading up to the massacre of the Tutsi people in 1994.
Apr 7, 2005 — Eleven years ago in Rwanda, Hutus began killing their tribal rivals the Tutsis. Over 100 days more than 800,000 people were massacred, including many Hutu moderates. How are Rwandans seeking justice and moving on from those traumatic experiences? And how have the media instigators of the violence been held accountable?
Mar 11, 2005 — Mark Danner, author of the book Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib and The War on Terror, is among critics of the Church Report. He says the report fails to look at the policy decisions that led to prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib.