Richard Overy – The German Pre-War Concentration Camps: Context and Explanation

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Before the Holocaust: Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany 1933-1939
Birkbeck College – School of History, Classics and Archaeology in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London

25 September 2009, German Historical Institute London

At this conference at the German Historical Institute participants of the major AHRC project ‘Before the Holocaust: Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany 1933-1939’ will present some results of their research and discuss them with some leading scholars. Papers will focus on the development of the concentration camp system, the changing function of the camps within the Nazi dictatorship, the experience of different inmate groups, Camp SS personnel and the relationship between the camps and the German population. This research hopes to shed new light on the intricate relationship between terror, state and society in the Third Reich. It also seeks to uncover the foundations of the wartime concentration camps – sites of slave labour and mass extermination.

Keynote lecture:

Professor Richard Overy (Exeter)
The German Pre-War Concentration Camps: Context and Explanation

speaker_richardoveryRichard Overy was educated at Caius College, Cambridge. He taught at Cambridge from 1972 to 1979 at Queens’ College and from 1976-79 as a University Assistant Lecturer. From 1980 to 2004 he taught at King’s College, London where he was made professor of Modern History in 1994. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (1977), Fellow of the British Academy (2000) and Fellow of King’s College (2003). In 2001 he was awarded the Samuel Elliot Morison Prize of the Society for Military History for his contribution to the history of warfare. In September 2004 he took up appointment as Professor of History at the University of Exeter.

Richard Overy’s publications

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Introduction by Professor Andreas Gestrich and Dr Nik Wachsmann

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Professor Richard Overy

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