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Holocaust Memorial Lecture
Wed 27 January 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 GMT
Antisemitism, 'Volksgemeinschaft' and Violence: Inclusion and Exclusion in Nazi Germany
Speaker: Professor Michael Wildt (Humboldt University, Berlin)
The IHR presents a Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture in collaboration with the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism (Birkbeck, University of London).
In this lecture, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Professor Michael Wildt explores antisemitism and violence in Nazi Germany.
The idea of the Volksgemeinschaft - the national community, was already widespread during the Weimar Republic. Right-wing political rhetoric gave centre stage to the inclusion of all Germans. However, the creation of sharply defined boundaries excluding people outside the national community was the principle method by which the National Socialists established the Volksgemeinschaft. By definition the Nazi Volkgemeinschaft barred all Jewish Germans. From the very start, National Socialist politics included the exercise of violence: it was antisemitism in action. Violence - and violence against Jews - was a visible expression of the Volksgemeinschaft.