Conference: Before the Holocaust: Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany, 1933-1939
25 September 2009
German Historical Institute London
17 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2NJ
After three years of intensive research, the Birkbeck College/AHRC project ‘Before the Holocaust: Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany 1933-1939’ is approaching its conclusion. At a one-day conference at the German Historical Institute London the participants will present the results of their work and discuss them with leading experts in the field. Research has focussed on the development of the concentration camp system, the changing function of the camps within the Nazi dictatorship, the experience of distinct groups of inmates, the training of the SS personnel, the relationship between the camps and the German population. The findings shed new light on the intricate relationship between terror, state and society in the Third Reich and help to uncover the foundations of the wartime nexus of concentration camps – sites of slave labour and physical extermination that, by 1945, had claimed the lives of two million human beings.
09:00 Reception and welcome by Prof Andreas Gestrich (GHIL) and Dr Nikolaus Wachsmann
09:30 Prof Richard Overy (Exceter), keynote lecture: The German Pre-War Concentration Camps: Context and Explanation
11:00 Panel I – Into and Inside the Pre-War Camps, moderated by: Prof Orlando Figes (Birkbeck)
Dr Christian Goeschel (Birkbeck): Suicide in the Nazi Concentration Camps
Julia Hörath (Birkbeck): ‘Asocials’ and ‘Criminals’ in Nazi Concentration Camps 1933-1939
Kim Wünschmann (Birkbeck): Jewish Prisoners in Nazi Concentration Camps 1933-1939
Response by: Prof Richard Bessel (York)
13:00 Lunch Break
14:00 Panel II – Perpetrators and Public, moderated by: Dr Martina Steber (GHIL)
Paul Moore (Birkbeck): German Popular Perception of the Pre-War Camps
Christopher Dillon (Birkbeck): The Dachau SS: From Bavarian Civil Warriors to Soldiers of the Reich
Response by: Prof Neil Gregor (Southampton)
15:30 Coffee Break
15:45 pm Roundtable Discussion chaired by: Dr Christian Goeschel.
Participants: Prof Richard Bessel (York), Prof Orlando Figes (Birkbeck), Prof Mary Fulbrook (UCL), Prof Neil Gregor (Southampton), Dr Nikolaus Wachsmann (Birkbeck)
Please e-mail BTH.Org2009@googlemail.com to book a place for this event.
Coffee and lunch will be provided.
Please note also that on the evening of 24 September 2009, 18.30 Dr Nikolaus Wachsmann will give a public lecture titled “Before Auschwitz: Nazi Concentration Camps 1933-1939” at the Wiener Library London. This evening will also include the official opening of a travelling exhibition based in the project including documents from the Wiener Library’s collection. Admission is free, but places must be reserved. For further information on how to book a place, please visit the Wiener Library’s website:
Research Project: "Before the Holocaust: Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany, 1933-1939"
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