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Darkness over Germany: A Warning From History
Wed 17 May 2017, 17:30 – 19:00 BST
The University of Liverpool are delighted to welcome Professor Kurt Barling, Professor of Journalism, Middlesex University London, and an award winning BBC journalist who has provided a foreword to the new edition of Amy Buller's Darkness over Germany: A Warning From History, and Canon Dr Edmund Newell, Principal of the educational foundation, Cumberland Lodge, who has provided the afterword to his godmothers book, originally published in 1943 - A timely reminder of how a message of hate once fuelled a nation to unite.
Darkness Over Germany delivers a stark warning from history of how a man with little political experience rose up as a voice of the people, a voice for the disenfranchised who were suffering the injustices of social inequality and unemployment. The hate and support grew until every problem the nation had was the fault of others. Then the nationalism became militarised and the hate led to a devastating war and genocide.
As a former Warden at the University of Liverpool Amy often had conversations with the students about her encounters with Nazi leaders and opponents in the 1930’s. Her book, is based on these conversations in the early part of the Second World War.
During the years leading up to the outbreak of war, Buller deﬁed her critics and social norms by leading delegations of British intelligentsia to Germany to learn about and confront the appeal of the Nazis. She met some of the party’s leading ﬁgures, including Rosenburg and von Ribbentrop. Privately, Buller also uncovered the stories of people from all walks of life, some who were embracing the National Socialism, others fearful of what it might lead to. The book speaks of how Hitler and the Nazis stripped the German people of their freedoms and oppressed them, and how young people were swept along with the tide of hate. It tells the stories of the Germans whom Buller met, including their positivity about the forces uniting the country, and their terror that Hitler was the man at the helm.
Join Professor Barling and Canon Dr Newell for an intriguing step inside the origins of Cumberland Lodge and the importance both her and Amy Buller played in fostering tolerant societies.