Protean Masculinity: Hitler's Soldiers and Germany's 20th Century

Professor Kühne’s talk will address how military concepts of masculinity at first enabled German soldiers’ support of the Holocaust and, after 1945, provided them with a way to contend with the guilt and shame related to it.

Thomas KühneThomas Kühne (Ph.D. University of Tübingen 1992) is the Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, where he holds the Strassler Chair in Holocaust History. His current research inquires into the cultural history of war and genocide, with a focus on 20th century Germany, on Nazi perpetrators and bystanders, and on masculinities and the construction of collective identity through mass violence. He has been awarded fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Center for Contemporary History in Germany, the German Research Foundation, and he won the German Bundestag Research Prize for his dissertation. His most recent book publications include monographs The Rise and Fall of Comradeship: Hitler’s Soldiers, Male Bonding and Mass Violence in the 20th Century Cambridge University Press 2017), Belonging and Genocide. Hitler’s Community, 1918-1945 (New Yale University Press, 2010), and the co-edited volumes Globalizing Beauty. Body Aesthetics in the 20th Century (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013), and The Holocaust and Local History (Vallentine-Mitchell, 2011).

March 6, 4:15 PM | Hollander 241