Dean, Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences; Professor of German History and Director, UCL European Institute, University College London
September 29, 2016
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
Using a wide range of ego-documents and other sources, this paper explores the significance of personal and social relationships for the development of persecution in the Third Reich, as well as reverberations in postwar societies. Exploring a range of topics that are usually held to be the preserve of ‘the history of everyday life’ - including intimacy, family relationships, friendships, privacy and social life - the paper develops a theory of the 'social self’ and the role of personal relationships in the genesis of genocide. It concludes by exploring the long-term and wider significance of willing or unwilling capitulation to new norms, and questions around complicity, collusion, and the diffuse burden of guilt across generations.