The University of Colorado Boulder’s Program in Jewish Studies and cosponsors will honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27) with a public lecture by visiting scholar Edward B. Westermann, Professor of History at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Westermann’s talk, “Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars:
Reflections on the Process of Genocide and Conquest in the Nazi East and the U.S. West,” will take place Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:00 PM in Old Main Theater, 1600 Pleasant St, Boulder, CO 80302. The event is free and open to the public.
In his lecture, Professor Westermann will offer a comparison between the National Socialist conquest of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and the process of U.S. westward expansion between 1850 and 1890. His talk will offer important insights into the similarities and the differences between the two national projects of conquest and the acts of atrocity and mass killings that accompanied them.
Edward B. Westermann is a Professor of History at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He received his PhD in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016), Hitler’s Police Battalions: Enforcing Racial War in the East (University Press of Kansas, 2005) and Flak: German Anti-Aircraft Defenses, 1914-1945 (University Press of Kansas, 2001). Professor Westermann has published over forty articles and book chapters in the areas of Holocaust and military history. He is the recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships: he has been a Fulbright Fellow, a three-time German Academic Exchange Service Fellow, a DeGolyer Library Research Fellow at Southern Methodist University, and most recently, a J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC for the academic year 2018-2019. His current book project, Drunk on Genocide: Alcohol, Masculinity and the Intoxication of Mass Murder in Nazi Germany is forthcoming with Cornell University Press and will be published in association with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.