"To understand the Germans, we should read into their rich history, and in particular the mark left by Martin Luther and the “mighty fortress” he built with his Protestantism."
German Austerity’s Lutheran Core
By STEVEN OZMENT
Illustration by Miles Donovan, images by Lucas Cranach/Hulton Archive — Getty Images, and Markus Schreiber/Associated Press
Since the beginning of the euro crisis, this reductionism, which can be found inside Germany as much as outside it, has come in the form of sifting through the fatal legacy of the Weimar era, the years of promising democracy that began in the defeat and humiliation of World War I and ended with the Nazi takeover in 1933.