Business and Industry in Nazi Germany

Business and Industry in Nazi Germany

Business and Industry in Nazi Germany

Business and Industry in Nazi Germany

Synopsis

During the past decade, the role of Germany's economic elites under Hitler has once again moved into the limelight of historical research and public debate. This volume brings together a group of internationally renowned scholars who have been at the forefront of recent research. Their articles provide an up-to-date synthesis, which is as comprehensive as it is insightful, of current knowledge in this field. The result is a volume that offers students and interested readers a brief but focused introduction to the role of German businesses and industries in the crimes of Hitler's Third Reich. Not only does this book treat the subject in an accessible manner; it also emerges as particularly relevant in light of current controversies over the nature of business-state relations, corporate social responsibility, and globalization.

Excerpt

The first five essays in this book are based on lectures delivered at the Miller Symposium on “Business and Industry under the Nazi Regime,” held at the University of Vermont in April 2002. Organized by the Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont, this was the second symposium bearing the name of Leonard and Carolyn Miller, generous supporters of the Center's work and great friends of the university.

Established to honor the work of Professor Raul Hilberg, who served on the faculty of the University of Vermont for more than three decades, the Center for Holocaust Studies is committed to furthering the cause of Holocaust education and to serving as a forum for the presentation and discussion of new perspectives on the history of Nazi Germany and its crimes. Professor Hilberg's pioneering and ongoing research is a model and a standard for scholars, and it is his work in the field that remains an inspiration for the Center's programming and for publications such as this. the Miller Symposia have made an important contribution to the Center's efforts to explore insufficiently charted areas in the history of the Third Reich. Our goal in organizing them has been to address topical, even controversial themes in the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, relying on the expertise of some of the most accomplished authorities in the field.

The first Miller Symposium, held in April 2000, resulted in the anthology Medicine and Medical Ethics in Nazi Germany: Origins, Prac- tices, Legacies (Berghahn Books, 2002), which the reader may regard as a companion to the present volume. the second Miller Symposium brought together scholars who are among the most respected and innovative analysts of business, industry, and finance in the years of the Third Reich. Their contributions to this volume address the complicity and . . .

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