"A New Look at Hitler and the Beginning of the Holocaust"
Monday, November 9, 2009
Central Michigan University
Bovee University Center Auditorium
About Gerhard Weinberg
Gerhard L. Weinberg was born in Hanover, Germany on January 1, 1928. He attended school there, was expelled because he is Jewish in November 1938, and went to England at the end of that year. In a boarding school on the south coast he watched part of the Battle of Britain and in London experienced the first stage of the Blitz. In September 1940 the family moved to the United States. He graduated from Albany (NY) High School in 1944 and enrolled in New York State College for Teachers (now the University at Albany). He served in the US Army of occupation in Japan 1946-47, teaching American GIs US history and government as well as literacy classes, and after returning to Albany graduated with a BA in 1948. He took an MA in History at the University of Chicago in 1949 and a PhD in 1951.
From 1951-54 Weinberg worked as a Research Analyst on the War Documentation Project, an air force contract with Columbia University for research in the captured German World War II documents. Subsequently he taught at the Universities of Chicago, Kentucky, Michigan, and North Carolina, with visiting appointments at Bonn University in Germany and the US Air Force Academy. He has frequently lectured for the Extension Program of the Naval War College as well as at the Marine Corps University and West Point.
In 1956-57 he established the program for microfilming the German documents before their return to Germany. In that process, he found and edited for publication a second book Adolf Hitler dictated in 1928 but never published.
In addition, he has published, edited or co-authored nine other books and over a hundred articles, chapters, and other publications dealing with the origins and course of World War II, the Holocaust, and the location and nature of German records. Those books include
A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II;
World in the Balance: Behind the Scenes of World War II; and
Hitler's Foreign Policy 1933-1939: The Road to World War II. Several of the books have won prizes and appeared in translation into German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Greek, and other languages.
Weinberg is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious
Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement. He is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has been a faculty member since 1974.
Weinberg has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences Research Council, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Weinberg's activities in professional organizations include terms as Vice-President for Research of the American Historical Association, President of the German Studies Association, Chair of the European Section of the Southern Historical Association and of the Conference Group for Central European History, and membership in the Society for Military History and the Coordinating Committee on Women in the Historical Profession. Much involved with the National World War II Museum, he has served on and chaired several US government advisory committees and has two honorary degrees.
Following an introduction from Central Michigan University history professor Eric Johnson, keynote speaker Gerhard Weinberg gives a talk entitled "A New Look at Hitler and the Beginning of the Holocaust" and answers questions from the audience. Weinberg was the inaugural speaker for the Dr. Harold Abel Endowed Lecture Series in the Study of Dictatorship, Democracy and Genocide."
The talk was held November 9, 2009--the anniversary of Kristallnacht--in the Bovee University Center Auditorium.