Research

Research Interests

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, and on 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, and 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.

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