Joint Research Project on "Non-Germans in the Waffen-SS" to be launched on 1 January 2015

SS Galizien recruits waiting for head of district (1943) (c)Muzeum Historyczne Sanok

Press release, 19 December 2014

The Imre Kertész Kolleg is pleased to announce the launch on 1 January 2015 of "Non-Germans in the Waffen-SS: A Cultural History," an international research project supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and conducted jointly by the Imre Kertész Kolleg (IKK) and the School of History at the University College Dublin (UCD). The project will investigate the causes, realities, and consequences of international collaboration within the Waffen-SS, an organization in which hundreds of thousands of non-Germans served either voluntarily or under duress of various kinds. Specifically, the project will investigate cases that have been largely overlooked in the growing literature on perpetrators, including recent studies of Western European or "Germanic" volunteers. The three sub-projects will explore, from a transnational and cultural history perspective, topics as varied as recruitment, individual and collective motivations, participation in war crimes, and the post-war fates of Eastern European SS volunteers, as well as efforts by German leadership to provide a theoretical and practical framework for a fighting force that, when faced with the prospect of defeat in 1943, drafted more and more 'non-Germanic' volunteers into its ranks, despite its racist beliefs.

Two Post-Docs - Franziska Zaugg/Bern and Jacek Andrzej Młynarczyk/Toruń - will each work for two years on the respective projects "Muslim Volunteers: The Case of South-Eastern Europe" (UCD) and "The Trawniki Camp Guards: A History of Eastern European Waffen-SS Men in the Shadow of the Holocaust" (IKK), each of which will conclude with the production of a monograph. While the Post-Docs will focus on the periphery of the Third Reich, the project's Principal Investigators (Robert Gerwarth, UCD, and Jochen Böhler, IKK) will examine goings-on at the center with their project "Ideology, Negotiation Processes, and Practical Constraints: The Third Reich's Recruitment of Non-Germans into the Waffen-SS and the Police." The Gerda Henkel Foundation has provided generous financial support for the entire project, including the postdoctoral fellowships, archival research, and workshops.

The year 2015 will also see the publication of proceedings from the conference "Himmler's Supranational Militia: Indigenous Participation in SS and Police Units in the Context of the Second World War," which was held in May 2014. Organized by the IKK, the UCD, and the University of Toruń with the support of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, this conference anticipated both the substance and approach of "Non-Germans in the Waffen-SS: A Cultural History" by treating the issue from a transnational perspective within a wider European context. Franziska Zaugg will present her PHD on Albanians in the Waffen-SS in the IKK's Colloquium on 2 February 2015. An international conference on indigenous participation in Nazi occupation and crimes will be hold in Jena in early December 2015.


Ivana Dobrivojević: Urbanization in Socialist Yugoslavia
Datum: 12. Januar 2015
Zeit: 11:00 Uhr, c.t.
Ort: Seminarraum des Imre Kertész Kollegs Jena (Am Planetarium 7)

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Call for papers

Beyond Defeat and Victory. Physical Violence and the Reconstitution of East-Central Europe, 1914-1923
Dates and venue: 17 -19 September 2015, Prague, Czech Republic
Organizers: Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences; Imre Kertész Kolleg at the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena; Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague.
Deadline for paper proposal: 31 December 2014
Further information can be viewed here: Call for Papers

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Further information can be found in the section Monograph series of the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena  

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We asked historians and sociologists from more than 15 European countries, the US, Israel and Turkey for contributions on the media coverage of and public debates on the Ukrainian crisis in their own countries.

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