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Antisemitism in Germany: From "Machtergreifung" to the "Night of Broken Glass"

Claudia Dunlea
Jewish Culture & History / History
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Course Description

This lecture examines the anti-Semitism and persecution that led to Nazi Germany's attempts to exterminate Germany's/Europe's Jewish population systematically. Focusing on the events from the Nazi accession to power in 1933 (Machtergreifung) to a date that will forever live in infamy, the night of November 9, 1938, Kristallnacht. November 9, 1938, is widely seen as a violent turning point in Nazi Germany's persecution of the Jews. What led to the "Night of Broken Glass?" What were the consequences of this assault on Jews in Germany and Austria? And how does Germany today deal with its past?

About the Instructor

  • Claudia Dunlea, Ph.D., is a senior instructor of history at FAU. She earned her doctoral degree in European integration history from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Dunlea is the author of a book that investigates the origins of a supranational European foreign policy in the 50s. Her recent research on the diplomatic relations of the European Union was published in two international publications. Having been born and raised in post-WW II Germany, Dunlea developed a deep personal interest in the 12 dark years of her country’s history. Among other topics, she is teaching courses on WW II, aspects of the Holocaust, and modern Germany’s attempt to deal with its Nazi past.