Friday 31 March 2017
Oxford Martin School: Lecture TheatreVenue
Bestselling historian Laurence Rees talks about his landmark publication on the Holocaust and explains how and why it happened.
Rees spent 25 years meeting survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust, and his account features their previously unpublished eyewitness testimonies. His book is the first authoritative and accessible account of the Holocaust published in three decades and is supported by the Holocaust Educational Trust and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Rees argues that, while hatred of Jews was at the centre of Nazi thinking, the appalling crimes of the Holocaust cannot be fully understood without considering the murder of Jews alongside Nazi plans to kill millions of non-Jews as well.
Rees is a former head of BBC TV history and creative director of BBC television history. He wrote, directed and produced several award-winning series on the Nazis and the Second World War. His book, Auschwitz, won History Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and is the world’s bestselling book on the history of the camp.
In association with the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.