University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Center for Holocaust Studies

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM Waterman Memorial Lounge (Room 338)

Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

Wendy Lower
Wendy Lower, Claremont McKenna College


Wendy Lower, Claremont McKenna College

Wendy Lower will present on her new book, Hitler's Furies, a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Jewish Book Award. Drawing from wartime documents, postwar trials, private letters, diaries and interviews, she 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.

Professor Wendy Lower is the John K. Roth Chair of History and Director of the Human Rights Center at Claremont McKenna College. She is a member of the Academic Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, serves on the academic advisory board of Yahad-in-Unum (Paris), and is an editor of Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust. Lower is the author of Nazi Empire- Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine (2005), The Diary of Samuel Golfard and the Holocaust in Galicia (2011); and co- editor (with Ray Brandon) of Shoah in Ukraine: History, Testimony, Memorialization (2008). Her book, Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (2013) was a finalist for the National Book Award.