Dr Paul Moore

Lecturer in Modern European History


  • Office: Attenborough 509
  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2816
  • Email: pm294@le.ac.uk

Personal details

I received my BA in History from the University of Cardiff, and my MA in Contemporary History and Politics from Birkbeck College, London. I completed my PhD at Birkbeck in 2010, as part of an AHRC-funded research project on the history of the concentration camps in pre-war Nazi Germany.

I taught modern German and European history at Birkbeck and Queen Mary, before moving to the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Teaching Fellow in 2011.

I was appointed lecturer in Modern European History at Leicester in 2013.

I am Director of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and Secretary of the German History Society.



My teaching currently focuses on the social and cultural history of Germany, both in the Nazi period and since 1945, with an emphasis on issues of popular opinion, propaganda and memory.



The View from Outside: The Nazi Concentration Camps and the German Public, 1933-1945 (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2020).

Journal articles and book chapters

‘Es geht ihm soweit ganz gut«. Reaktionen auf die Konzentrationslager im Arbeitermilieu 1933 bis 1936’ in Jörg Osterloh and Kim Wünschmann (eds.), »... der schrankenlosesten Willkür ausgeliefert«. Häftlinge der frühen Konzentrationslager 1933–1936/37 (Frankfurt/New York 2017), pp. 349-74.

'"The Truth about the Concentration Camps" : Werner Schäfer’s Anti-Brown Book and the Transnational Debate on Early Nazi Terror' , German History Vol.34 No. 4 (December 2016), pp. 579-607

‘“Man hat es sich viel schlimmer vorgestellt”: German concentration camps in Nazi propaganda, 1933-1939’, in Christiane Hess, Julia Hörath, Dominique Schröder and Kim Wünschmann (eds.), 15th Workshop on the History of the Nazi Concentration Camps (Berlin, 2011).

‘“And what concentration camps those were!” Foreign concentration camps in Nazi Propaganda, 1933-1939’, in Nikolaus Wachsmann and Christian Goeschel (eds.), Before the Holocaust: The Nazi Camps, 1933-39, special issue of the Journal of Contemporary History 45 (July 2010), pp. 649-74.

'"Noch nicht mal zu Bismarcks Zeiten": Deutsche Populärmeinung und der Terror gegen die Linke', in Nikolaus Wachsmann and Sybille Steinbacher (eds.), Die Linke im Visier. Zur Errichtung der Konzentrationslager 1933 (Gottingen, 2014), pp. 168-190.


My PhD and subsequent research focuses on German and international popular opinion on the Nazi concentration camps in the period 1933-1945. I am currently completing my first book on this subject.

The focus of this work is primarily on

  • the relationship between the official and unofficial discourses
  • the role of proximity and distance in attitudes towards dictatorial terror
  • the influence of social strata, societal divisions, and the experience of the Weimar Republic on opinions of the regime and its opponents

My other research interests include

  • the meaning of the concentration camp in Germany prior to 1933
  • propaganda and the media in Nazi Germany
  • the social history of the Third Reich
  • paramilitary violence in the late Weimar Republic
  • the postwar occupation and denazification of Germany

My next research project will examine the role of the press in the political, social and cultural history of the Federal Republic of Germany.


  • Modern German history, especially twentieth century Germany
  • interwar Europe
  • social and cultural history of Nazi Germany
  • the role of the mass media and propaganda in modern societies

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