Trust scientific meeting: “What were the Germans fighting for in World War II?”

Event overview

The Second World War was a German war like no other. Having started it, the Nazi regime turned the conflict into the most horrific war in European history, resorting to genocide well before building the first gas chambers. Over its course, the Third Reich expended and exhausted all its moral and physical reserves, leading to total defeat in 1945. Yet seventy years on, despite whole libraries of books about the war’s origins, course and atrocities, we still do not know what Germans thought they were fighting for and how they experienced and sustained this war until the bitter end. In this lecture, Nicholas Stargardt will focus on how ordinary Germans explored their own moral commitments and dilemmas in their private letters and diaries at the time.

Nicholas Stargardt is one of Britain’s foremost scholars of Nazi Germany. He is Professor for Modern European History at the University of Oxford and is the author of Witnesses of War: Children’s Lives under the Nazis (Jonathan Cape, 2005), and The German War: A Nation under Arms, 1939-45 (Bodley Head, 2015), which the New York Times Book Review hailed as a ‘gripping new book…To write like this requires a rare sensitivity and psychological sophistication coupled with a degree of fearlessness… indispensable... Stargardt has given us a truly a truly profound piece of history’.

The Tavistock Centre, London
11 June 2018 11:30 to 12:50
The Tavistock and Portman Alumni Society

Membership of The Tavistock and Portman Alumni Society is free and open to all our previous graduates. You will have access to a wide range of...

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