“I Wanted to Prove Myself to the Men:” German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
Professor Wendy Lower
John K Roth Chair of History, Claremont McKenna College, USA
Drawing on wartime documents, postwar trials, private letters, diaries and interviews, this lecture focuses on outstanding cases of women who became direct witnesses, accomplices, and perpetrators of the Holocaust. In the colonial outposts of the Nazi East, German women were an integral part of the society of perpetrators. They enjoyed privileges as members of the new ruling elite, and they possessed extreme power over the lives of Jews and other victims of the Holocaust. Professor Lower will explore what some of these women chose to do with this new-found power during the war and how they distorted the truth in accounts of their criminal behavior after the fall of the Third Reich.
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