Bringing Democracy Down: What Can Be Learned from Weimar Germany?

When September 11, 2017, 3:30 PM
Where McKnight Hall, Cone University Center
Speaker(s) Dr. Norbert Frei
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Cost $0.00
Who is Invited General Public
Parking Details Cone Parking Deck

Norbert Frei will discuss the collapse of the Weimar Republic – Germany’s first democracy – in the early 1930s. He will give special attention to the conservative elites who believed they could “engage” and control Hitler in their fight against the political left – and who were themselves overthrown by the Nazis.

In light of the rise of right-wing populism and the polarization of politics in the United States and Europe, it is important to study and learn from history.

Frei is the Chair of Modern and Contemporary History at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. He is the author of numerous influential books and articles, including National Socialist Rule in Germany: The Führer State 1933-1945 (Blackwell 1993) and Adenauer’s Germany and the Nazi Past: The Politics of Amnesty and Integration (Columbia University Press 2002).

This talk is sponsored by UNC Charlotte’s Department of History and the Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies.

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