2018 Ina Levine Annual Lecture
ALAN STEINWEIS is professor of history and Miller Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont. In this Ina Levine annual lecture, he will discuss the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler by German cabinetmaker Georg Elser in 1939. Dr. Steinweis will examine several aspects of Elser’s story: the background and motivation of the would-be assassin (including the question of whether objections to the persecution of Jews played a role); the Nazi regime’s responses to the assassination attempt; the debate in postwar Germany over the propriety of tyrannicide; and the relatively late emergence of a commemorative culture around Elser and his act.
A reception will follow the lecture.
Alan Steinweis, Professor of History and Miller Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies, University of Vermont