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Part of the Crimes Uncovered: The First Generation of Holocaust Researchers exhibition series.

In this talk, Mary Fulbrook will discuss her new book, Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice. This major new work expands our understanding of the legacies of the Nazi era, exploring the lives of individuals across a full spectrum of suffering and guilt, each one capturing one small part of the greater story. Reckonings uncovers the disjuncture between official myths about dealing with the past, on the one hand, and the extent to which the vast majority of Nazi perpetrators evaded justice, on the other. The Holocaust is not mere history, and the memorial landscape barely hints at the maelstrom of reverberations of the Nazi era at a personal level. Reckonings illuminates the stories of those who remained outside the media spotlight, situating their experiences in changing wider contexts, as both persecutors and persecuted sought to account for the past, forge new lives, and make sense of unprecedented suffering.

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A graduate of Cambridge and Harvard, Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History at UCL. Among other professional roles, she has served as Executive Dean of the UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, as well as Chair of the Modern History Section of the British Academy, Chair of the German History Society, and joint founding Editor of German History. She is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the former Nazi concentration camps of Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora.

Mary Fulbrook's many publications include the Fraenkel Prize-winning A Small Town near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust (2012), as well as Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence through the German Dictatorships (2011) and The People’s State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker (2005). She is currently directing an AHRC-funded collaborative research project on 'Compromised Identities? Reflections on perpetration and complicity under Nazism'.


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