Date registered: Nov 2004
Vehicle: 300c (1956)
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Now this guy is a MAN
German ministry examines Nazi era
By Ray Furlong
BBC News, Berlin
German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has appointed a five-member commission of historians to examine the role of his ministry during the Nazi era.
The panel includes three Germans, an American, and an Israeli from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
They will first meet in September and the work could take a few years.
Earlier this year, Mr Fischer faced controversy when he ordered an internal magazine to stop publishing obituaries of former diplomats from the Nazi era.
The magazine had commemorated a former consul-general who had presided over show trials in occupied Czechoslovakia.
In response to the ban, 70 diplomats wrote an angry letter that included a barbed reference to Mr Fischer's past as a radical student protester.
His decision, they wrote, "showed the over-simplification of people who as recently as 1968 thought they could not trust anyone over the age of 30".
At the high point of the row, Mr Fischer even sacked the ambassador to Switzerland, who had written a similar open letter to Germany's best-selling tabloid newspaper, Bild.
Mr Fischer hopes the work of the commission will expose a continuity between the Nazi era and the post-war West German foreign ministry that has not been openly dealt with.
The minister is expected to lose his place in government after elections in September.
This commission is a parting shot and a last effort to achieve more openness at one of Germany's most conservative institutions.
Eckart Conze, Marburg University, Germany
Norbert Frei, Jena University, Germany
Klaus Hildebrand, Bonn University, Germany
Henry A Turner, Yale University, US
Moshe Zimmermann, Hebrew University, Israel
How many US politicians are willing to salvo on their way out? This guy would get my vote anyday.