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18:15 - 20:00 6 February 2013

A Small Town near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust


G23 (reception), G22 (lecture) | Pearson Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

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Mary Fulbrook, Professor of German History & Vice-Dean (Interdisciplinarity) Faculty of Arts and Humanities, UCL

The Silesian town of B?dzin lies a mere twenty-five miles from Auschwitz. Through the linked ghettos of B?dzin and its neighbouring town Sosnowiec, some 85,000 Jews were sent to the gas chambers – more than were deported from the whole of France.

The principal civilian administrator of Bedzin, Udo Klausa, was responsible for implementing Nazi policies of stigmatization and ghettoisation in this area. Yet he later claimed, that he had 'known nothing' about the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

Using personal letters, memoirs, testimonies, interviews and archival sources, Mary Fulbrook pieces together Klausa’s role in the unfolding degradation of the Jews, confronting the evidence of the time with his later self-representations. Exploring different sides of the story, Fulbrook depicts the struggles for survival and heroic attempts at resistance by Jews.


Sara BenIsaac
020 7679 3520 | s.benisaac@ucl.ac.uk


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