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American Models and Nazi Solutions: The Mechanics of Race Law

General Programming

dateNovember 15, 2017 timeWednesday, 6:15pm–8:30pm EST location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • Mark Mazower
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated

The interconnections of migration, law, bureaucracy and race form the subject of some of the most exciting current research into the Nazis in history. The American roots of National Socialism are explored by James Whitman, one of tonight’s speakers and author of a study of the influences exerted upon the Third Reich by interwar US immigration laws. Alongside Whitman, Hans-Christian Jasch will speak about new insights to be gleaned into the emergence of the wartime German genocide through a focus on the careers, personalities and intellectual outlooks of the civil servants who participated in the Wannsee Conference, a key turning-point in the Final Solution of the Jewish Question.

  • Speaker Hans-Christian Jasch Director Haus der Wannsee Konferenz
  • Speaker James Q. Whitman Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law Yale Law School
  • Moderator Mark Mazower Ira D. Wallach Professor of World Order Studies Department of History, Columbia University