About this day
Immerse your students in an inspirational day of 20th century German history.
Five outstanding speakers and leading historians will present a diverse range of exciting and relevant talks to enthuse, inform and entertain, focusing on the period 1914 – 1945. In a day suitable for year 11,12 and 13 students, topics will range from the impact of the First World War and the creation and collapse of the Weimar Republic through to the Holocaust, Nazi Germany and World War Two. An examination session will provide first-hand guidance and insights to help boost students’ confidence and examination grades. The day will be chaired by Dr Robin Bunce of Homerton College, University of Cambridge.
Programme & speakers
World War One - impact and responses Gary Sheffield, University of Wolverhampton
Professor Gary Sheffield will discuss the First World War, including its impact on Germany and across the globe.
About Professor Gary Sheffield
Gary Sheffield is a military historian who is considered one of Britain’s foremost experts on the First World War. He has published widely and contributes frequently to newspapers and journals. He is Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.
History of a modern European genocide, 1933-1945 Anna Hajkova, University of Warwick
The Holocaust is a highly charged but intellectually crucial part of history. This session introduces the audience to Jewish German history, the rise of Nazi anti-Semitism, social exclusion, forced emigration, concentration camps, deportations, mass murder and gender history.
About Dr Anna Hajkova
Dr Anna Hájková is Associate Professor of Modern Continental History at the University of Warwick. Her work examines concentration camps, Jewish social and political elites, issues of nationalism and ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Her research interests include Nazi Germany and the history of genocides.
German society and World War Two Richard J Evans, Cambridge University
Richard Evans discusses some key questions relating to Germany and WW2. Why did the Germans keep on fighting? Why did the Nazis continue with the extermination of the Jews? Why was there no resistance to Allied occupation? Why did Germany lose the war? And why were there so many suicides at the end of the war?
About Sir Richard J Evans
Sir Richard J Evans is Regius Professor Emeritus of History at Cambridge University. His research interests are modern German and European history, particularly social and cultural history. He has published widely, including a large-scale history of the Third Reich, winning numerous prizes.
The Weimar Republic - creation and collapse Paul Moore, University of Leicester
Paul Moore will explore the context for the establishment of the Weimar Republic, its strengths and weaknesses, and the reasons for its ultimate failure.
About Dr Paul Moore
Dr Paul Moore is Lecturer in Modern European History at Leicester University. His research and teaching interests include the Weimar Republic, propaganda and the media in Nazi Germany and the social history of the Third Reich. He is also a member of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Life in Nazi Germany: propaganda, persuasion and terror? Nadine Rossol, University of Essex
This talk will explore everyday life in Nazi Germany and discuss how different sections of society were affected by the National Socialist dictatorship, with positive and inclusive messages aimed at the Nazi community, anti-Semitic propaganda and the infamous secret police, the Gestapo, all playing a part. How far were Germans simply brainwashed and terrorised? Did many believe and willingly participate in the vision the National Socialists promoted of a unified and restructured people’s community (Volksgemeinschaft)?
About Dr Nadine Rossol
Dr Nadine Rossol is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at Essex University. Her research and teaching interests focus on German history, especially the social and cultural history of Weimar and Nazi Germany.