Museum programs for military professionals invite active duty officers and officers-in-training to examine the role played by their historical counterparts in Nazi Germany—including those who cooperated and those who went against the grain. Through examination of the history and in conversation with their colleagues, participants gain fresh insight into their own professional and individual responsibilities and explore the ways in which the military can work to prevent genocide today.
Program goals for military professionals include:
- futhering the understanding of the Holocaust
- prompting critical thinking about decision-making
- building awareness of the capacity to prevent and respond to genocide and mass atrocity today.
During World War II, Nazi Germany relied on the military as an instrument of Hitler's territorial ambitions. As a result, members of the German armed forces faced official directives that increasingly conflicted with traditional military codes of conduct. Learn more.
Funding for Civic and Defense Initiatives programs is provided by the May Family Endowment for Civic Responsibility.