No Holocaust without Stalin?

Lecture, DHI London

The lecture "No Holocaust without Stalin? Some New Interpretations of German Mass Crimes" is held by Dieter Pohl (Klagenfurt).

DHI London in co-operation with the Seminar in Modern German History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Conventional interpretations of the murder of European Jewry during the Second World War have recently been challenged. This began in the 1990s, when economic arguments made an impact, but since 2011 several new approaches have emerged. Was the Holocaust the result of extremely violent societies, or is it explicable only in the context of Stalinist violence, of Eastern European ‘Bloodlands’? This talk seeks to analyse these new approaches, their productive input and their limits, and to offer a different framework for a historiographical view of Nazi crimes.

Dieter Pohl is Professor of Contemporary History at the Alpen Adria University in Klagenfurt, Austria. His research focuses on German occupation and mass crimes in Eastern Europe, Stalinism, and the history of the Ukraine. He is the author of Nationalsozialistische Judenverfolgung in Ostgalizien 1941–1944 (1996); Verfolgung und Massenmord in der NS-Zeit (2003); and Die Herrschaft der Wehrmacht: Deutsche Militärbesatzung und einheimische Bevölkerung in der Sowjetunion 1941–1944 (2008).