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Book Launch – Empire of Destruction: A History of Nazi Mass Killing


8 Sep 2021, 5:00pm





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Nazi Germany killed approximately 13 million civilians and other non-combatants in deliberate policies of mass murder, overwhelmingly during the war years. Almost half the victims were Jewish, systematically destroyed in the Holocaust, the core of the Nazis’ pan-European racial purification programme. For the first time, Dr Alex Kay’s latest book, Empire of Destruction, considers Europe’s Jews alongside all other major victim groups and shows how each was regarded by the Nazi regime as a potential threat to Germany’s ability to successfully wage a war for hegemony in Europe. This event will explore this new, ground-breaking study, which combines the full quantitative scale of the killings with the individual horror.


Dr Alex Kay is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Potsdam and lifetime Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He specialises in the history of Germany from 1918 to 1945, National Socialist policies of extermination, and comparative research on genocide and violence.


You can buy the book here: Yale University Press


Please be aware that this event will be recorded and a recording sent to participants after. If you would like to attend but are unable to do so please purchase a ticket and the recording will be sent.