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Why are we Obsessed with the Nazis? The Third Reich in History and Memory

Event Date & Time: 12th May, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Beveridge Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
Speakers: Sir Richard J. Evans, Wolfson College, Cambridge and Gresham College, London and Sir Ian Kershaw, Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of Sheffield in conversation with Professor Nikolaus Wachsmann, Birkbeck, University of London
Theme: Holocaust Memory, National Socialism/ Nazism
Region / Country: Germany
Historical Period: 20th century, 21st century

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The legacy of Nazi Germany still has a strong hold on us – in daily news stories, in bookshops and cinemas, on television and on the Internet. But how has our thinking about the Third Reich changed over the decades? In a rare public event, two of the world’s leading historians of modern Germany reflect on the ways in which our understanding of Nazi Germany has been transformed and continues to evolve.

The discussion will be followed by a reception to mark the recent publication of Richard Evans’ The Third Reich in History and Memory and Nikolaus Wachsmann’s KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps.

About the speakers

Sir Richard J. Evans is President of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and Provost of Gresham College, London. His books include The Coming of the Third Reich (Penguin, 2003), The Third Reich in Power (Penguin, 2005) and The Third Reich at War (Allen Lane, 2008). He is currently completing The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914, a volume in the Penguin History of Europe.

Sir Ian Kershaw is Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of Sheffield. His books include Hitler 1889-1936:Hubris (Norton, 1998) and Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis (Penguin, 2000). He is currently completing To Hell and Back. Europe, 1914-49, a volume in the Penguin History of Europe.

Nikolaus Wachsmann is Professor of Modern European History at Birkbeck College, London. His books include Hitler’s Prisons. Legal Terror in Nazi Germany (Yale University Press, 2004) He is also the co-editor of Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany. The New Histories (Routledge, 2010)

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