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Booktalk with Benjamin Ziemann

On Wednesday, 10 April, Benjamin Ziemann (University of Sheffield) will talk about his book Hitler’s Personal Prisoner. The Life of Martin Niemöller with Frans Willem Lantink (Utrecht University) at the Doelenzaal at the University Library of the University of Amsterdam.

German Protestantism, Antisemitism and the Holocaust: The Case of Martin Niemöller

In the Confessing Church, established in 1934, German Protestants opposed Nazi interference in the running of their church. Yet at the same time they failed to oppose the anti-Jewish policies of the Nazi regime. In the early 1920s, Martin Niemöller (1892-1984), the figurehead of the Confessing Church, had actively promoted racial antisemitism. Both during the Third Reich and in the post-war period, Niemöller continued to voice antisemitic resentment. Thus, the biography of Martin Niemöller invites reflection on the persistence of antisemitism, debates about German guilt and on the problem of Holocaust remembrance.

Benjamin Ziemann is Professor of Modern German History at the University of Sheffield. He has authored and edited many books, including, as co-editor, The Oxford Handbook of the Weimar Republic (2022). 

Dr. Frans Willem Lantink is Honours Director Humanities at Utrecht University and member of the section Political History. His fields are modern German and Italian History.  Latest publication:" Constitutionalism or “Neoabsolutism”? Monarchies in Italy, 1848–1859/1866. In C. Armenteros, & A. U. Ungari (Eds.), A Companion to Italian Constitutional History (1804-1938) : The House of Savoy and the Making of the Nation-State (pp. 98-119). (Brill's Companions to European History; Vol. 30) (Leiden 2023).

Location: Doelenzaal, Universiteit van Amsterdam University Library, Singel 425

Time: Wednesday 10 April, 17:00-19:30 (including drinks)


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