Event Date: 12 December 2012
Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College
London WC1E 7HX
A Small Town near Auschwitz – Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust
Mary Fulbrook in conversation with Jane Caplan
Two of Britain’s foremost historians on Germany and the Nazi era, Mary Fulbrook and Jane Caplan, discuss Mary Fulbrook’s new book, A Small Town Near Auschwitz – Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust, exploring the wider historical issues it raises and Fulbrook’s own conflicts of interest, in her professional and personal roles, as she uncovered a story behind a family she had known all her life.
In A Small Town Near Auschwitz, Mary Fulbrook re-creates the story of Udo Klausa, the principal civilian administrator of Bedzin, a town that lies just 25 miles from Auschwitz. Klausa was a ‘perfectly ordinary’ family man. Yet he was also responsible for implementing Nazi policies towards the Jews in his area – processes that were the precursors of genocide.
Introduction by Professor David Feldman (Director, Pears Institute):
“The relationship between antisemitism and other forms of racism and exclusion is not only a historical question. It is an urgent issue for today.” Professor David Feldman, Director.
The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism was established by the Pears Foundation and is based at Birkbeck, University of London. It is a centre of innovative research and teaching, contributing to discussion and policy formation on antisemitism as well as other forms of racial prejudice and intolerance. It is both independent and inclusive.