Historians around the world are jockeying for a place at one of the 60 desks available in the Vatican archive for the moment next month when the Holy See opens its files on the Second World War, with Pope Pius XII’s refusal to publicly condemn the Holocaust continuing to cause controversy.
Others hope to learn whether he really deserves the credit for saving Jews who were given sanctuary in Catholic institutions and monasteries, as has been claimed.
The gunman was named as 43-year-old Tobias Rathjen, a far-right conspiracy theorist who advocated ethnic cleansing in a 24-page manifesto posted online, who opened fire in his hometown starting at 10pm.
Rathjen first targeted the Midnight bar and shisha lounge in the town centre and the La Votre cafe next door, before driving 1.5miles up the road where he attacked another shisha lounge – the Arena Bar and Cafe – as well as people sitting in a sports car outside.
Lars Klingbeil, general secretary of the Social Democrats (SPD), junior partners in the coalition government with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, led the calls for a clampdown on the far-right AfD, insisting it had contributed to a normalisation of the use of far-right rhetoric.
“One person carried out the shooting in Hanau, that’s what it looks like,” he told broadcaster ARD, “but there were many who provided him with the ammunition, and the AfD is definitively among them.” He said the AfD had contributed to a “poisoning of society” in the past few months and years, particularly since it entered the German parliament as the largest opposition party in 2017. Parliamentary proceedings have become noticeably more abrasive in tone since the AfD took up its seats.
She urged congress to “condemn the president’s reported efforts to dismiss threats to the integrity of our democracy [and] to politicize our intel community”.
The Indiana mayor is rarely off American TV at the moment and, in his latest interview with Ellen DeGeneres, he has continued his feud with conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh over the latter’s views on gay marriage and the presidency.
Doctors say the baby suffered a “serious head injury” in the fall from the window.
“The child is on a ventilator and our doctors are doing everything necessary and possible to save her health and life,” chief medic Rustam Yesenakayev said.