GERDA HENKEL FOUNDATION
VISITING PROFESSORSHIP LECTURE
The Visiting Professorship is a joint project of the GHIL and the International History Department of The London School of Economics and Political Science and is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.
An Empire of Shaming. Reading Nazi Germany through the Violence of Laughter
will be delivered by
PROFESSOR MARTINA KESSEL (Bielefeld university)
on Thursday 26 November 2020 at 6.30 p.m.
Hosted by the German Historical Institute and London School of Economics and Political Science
Survivors of the Shoah have often described how the SS liked to define torturing practices during the genocide as “jokes”. The paper discusses the systematic presence of derisive laughter in Nazi Germany and analyzes its meanings as a way both to act out understandings of Germanness and to ’justify’ violence.
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