Erik’s research uncovered the involvement of a Wehrmacht general, honored in public as a member of the military resistance to Hitler, in massive war crimes and crimes against humanity. He will discuss how his findings were received by the German public, how that resulted in the official renaming of an air force base, and what that reveals about German perceptions of the war of destruction waged in the Soviet Union by the German army. The talk explores the deep involvement of the Wehrmacht in the Holocaust, the Janus-faced nature of many members of the German military resistance, and the ongoing problem of basing contemporary Germany’s military tradition and “official memory” on aspects of this tainted legacy.
‘The Wehrmacht Past, the Bundeswehr, and the Politics of Remembrance in Contemporary Germany’ Presented by Erik Grimmer-Solem, Wesleyan University.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 5:00pm
The Whitney Center
200 Leeder Hill RoadHamden, CT 06517
Professor Erik Grimmer-Solem will present a talk to the CAAS meeting on April 12, 2017 at the Whitney Center. The title of the talk will be: “The Wehrmacht Past, the Bundeswehr, and the Politics of Remembrance in Contemporary Germany.”
The lecture presentation is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with discussion.
Dinner follows for CAAS members and guests only. (Dinner fee is $35/person)
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