Wendy Lower is the John K. Roth Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College where she teaches courses on holocaust history, genocide studies, women's history, Eastern Europe-Ukraine, war crimes trials, and Nazism and Stalinism. She received her B.A. in 1987 from Hamilton College and her Ph.D. in 1999 from American University.
Lower will present on her new book, Hitler's Furies, a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Jewish Book Award. Drawing from wartime documents, postwar trials, private letters, diaries and interviews, she will discuss outstanding cases of women who became direct witnesses, accomplices, and perpetrators of the Holocaust. In the colonial outposts of the Nazi East, ordinary German women were an integral part of the ruling elite, and possessed extreme power over the lives of Jews and other victims of the Holocaust. Lower examines what some of these women chose to do with this new-found power during the war and how they distorted their criminal behavior after the war.
Professor Lower's publications include Nazi Empire-Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine (2005); The Shoah in Ukraine: History, Testimony, Memorialization (co-ediated with Ray Brandon, 2008); The Diary of Samuel Golfard and the Holocaust in Eastern Galicia (2011); and Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (2013).
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