2015 Festival

KL: A History of Nazi Concentration Camps

Published: August 14, 2019 by source

Nikolaus Wachsmann in conversation with Robert Gerwarth

By the end of 1945, the SS concentration camp system had become an overwhelming landscape of terror in central Europe. Twenty-two large camps and over one thousand satellite camps throughout Germany and Europe were at the heart of the Nazi campaign of repression and intimidation. Dr Nikolaus Wachsmann is the first historian to write a complete history of the camps, examining the organisation of an immense genocidal machine, whilst drawing a vivid picture of life inside the camps for the individual prisoner. Wachsmann’s superb book looks set to become the standard work on one of humankind’s darkest hours.

Nikolaus Wachsmann is Professor of Modern European History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London. Robert Gerwarth is Professor of Modern History at UCD and Director of the Centre for War Studies.

Recorded at Printworks, Dublin Castle on 26 September 2015.