Wendy Lower, Thursday, February 27, 2014

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In her latest work, Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (2013), CMC professor Wendy Lower looks at the role of German women in Holocaust and World War II. The book was produced after more than two decades of research into the Holocaust. In an interview with Claremont Mckenna College, Lower, the John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow, states that her initial research into Nazi archives following the collapse of the Soviet Union inspired a number of questions when she found pictures of young German women amidst scenes of horror: 'How did these women get here? And if they're there, what are they witnessing? How are they responding to the violence? Are they actually directly involved in the killing?' Lower's book reveals the complicity and direct participation of women.

Upon its publication Hitler's Furies was met with widespread critical acclaim and a significant share of attention from awards committees. National Book Award winner and former guest at the Athenaeum, Deborah Lipstadt writes, "Hitler's Furies is a long overdue and superb addition to the history of the Holocaust. The role of women perpetrators during the Final Solution has been too much glossed over. Wendy Lower's book provides an important and stunning corrective. It is a significant addition to our understanding of the role of ordinary Germans in the Reich's genocide." Hitler's Furies is a 2013 National Book Award Finalist, Nonfiction.

Lower's previous published books include The Diary of Samuel Golfard and the Holocaust in Galicia (Documenting Life and Destruction: Holocaust Sources in Context) (2011), which provides an in-depth study of a Jewish man's diary from Nazi-occupied Poland, and Nazi Empire-Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine (2006), which looks at the German colonization of and the Holocaust in Ukraine.

As a historical consultant for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Lower has published numerous articles and books on the Holocaust and conducted archival research and fieldwork in central and eastern Europe since 1992.