Monday, February 19, 2024 6:30pm
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265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134https://humanities.as.miami.edu/public-programs/booktalks/index.html ##UCreates
Join us to celebrate this new book by Hermann Beck, Professor of History: Before the Holocaust: Antisemitic Violence and the Reaction of German Elites and Institutions during the Nazi Takeover.
Before the Holocaust examines the antisemitic violence experienced in this period—from boycotts, violent attacks, robbery, extortion, abductions, and humiliating 'pillory marches', to grievous bodily harm and murder—which has hitherto not been adequately recognized. Beck then analyses the reactions of those institutions that still had the capacity to protest against Nazi attacks and legislative measures—the Protestant Church, the Catholic Church, the bureaucracies, and Hitler's conservative coalition partner, the DNVP—and the mindset of the elites who led them, to determine their various responses to flagrant antisemitic abuses. Individual protests against violent attacks, the April boycott, and Nazi legislative measures were already hazardous in March and April 1933, but established institutions in the German State and society were still able to voice their concerns and raise objections. By doing so, they might have stopped or at least postponed a radicalization that eventually led to the pogrom of 1938 (Kristallnacht) and the Holocaust.
Hermann Beck is Professor of History at the University of Miami, where he teaches German and Modern European History. He has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and a Fellow at the Berliner Historische Kommission. The author of books on Prussian history, The Origins of the Authoritarian Welfare State in Prussia, 1815-1870, and on Nazi Seizure of power, The Fateful Alliance. German Conservatives and Nazis in 1933, and From Weimar to Hitler (ed), he has also contributed articles to leading American, British, and German journals.