Dr. Wendy Lower will present on her new book, Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, at 7 p.m. March 11 at Orton Center on the University of Redlands campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Lower is the John K. Roth Chair of History at Claremont McKenna College, research associate of the Ludwig Maximilians Universitat in Munich, and historical consultant for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Hitler's Furies was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Jewish Book Award. Drawing from wartime documents, postwar trials, private letters, diaries and interviews, Lower will discuss outstanding cases of women who became direct witnesses, accomplices, and perpetrators of the Holocaust. In the colonial outposts of the Nazi East, ordinary German women were an integral part of the ruling elite, and possessed extreme power over the lives of Jews and other victims of the Holocaust. Lower examines what some of these women chose to do with this new-found power during the war and how they distorted their criminal behavior after the war.
Co-sponsors for this event include the departments of English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures; Campus Diversity and Inclusion; Student Leadership and Involvement; the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies; and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office.