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History Lecture Series

Popular Protest in Nazi Germany: Rethinking the Power of Public Opinion in a Police State

Wed. Jan 17, 2018      7:30–9 p.m.

Kane Hall 130

Laurie Marhoefer, Assistant Professor of History

The Nazi dictatorship is remembered today as a police state. Yet there were a few instances of successful, large-scale public protest in Nazi Germany. If even a brutal dictatorship is responsive to public protest, what does that tell us about the power of protest itself?

Admission: $5–$15 (Individual lecture); $15–$50 (series pass)


Recommended Reading

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2018_HLS_Marhoefer_210x232Laurie Marhoefer is a historian of Weimar and Nazi Germany. Her work has been published in The American Historical Review, German Studies Review, and elsewhere. Her first book, “Sex and the Weimar Republic: German Homosexual Emancipation and the Rise of the Nazis,” reexamines the gay and trans rights movement of the 1920s, which was the world’s first.

She also occasionally writes commentary on contemporary American politics from the perspective of German history. She has appeared on NPR’s To the Point, on Seattle’s KUOW, and elsewhere to talk about American politics and the history of fascism and antifascism. Her current research subjects include queer sexuality and transgender and the Nazi State, blackness and citizenship in Germany in the 1920s and the transnational history of gay politics.

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