William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Director, The Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History, Harvard University
October 11, 2023
4:00pm - 5:15pm
Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
In response to the war against Ukraine, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced a Zeitenwende – a historic turning point – for the country's traditionally cautious defense policy. This policy-shift has many implications for Germany affecting its energy sector, the Bundeswehr and its defense industry. It has also transformed Germany’s historic national identity of military and political restraint, born out of the horrific murders of the Second World War and the Shoa. Anna Sauerbrey will explore the roots for the Zeitenwende – and why it was so quickly accepted by the German public after decades of military skepticism.
This event is part of Worldwide Week at Harvard which showcases the remarkable breadth of Harvard’s global engagement from October 9-13, 2023. During Worldwide Week, Harvard Schools, research centers, departments, and student organizations host academic and cultural events with global or international themes.