The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses (Hardback)
  • The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses (Hardback)

The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower: Complicity and Conflict on American Campuses (Hardback)

Hardback 350 Pages / Published: 25/05/2009
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This is the first systematic exploration of the nature and extent of sympathy for Nazi Germany at American universities during the 1930s. Universities were highly influential in shaping public opinion and many of the nation's most prominent university administrators refused to take a principled stand against the Hitler regime. Universities welcomed Nazi officials to campus and participated enthusiastically in student exchange programs with Nazified universities in Germany. American educators helped Nazi Germany improve its image in the West as it intensified its persecution of the Jews and strengthened its armed forces. The study contrasts the significant American grassroots protest against Nazism that emerged as soon as Hitler assumed power with campus quiescence and administrators' frequently harsh treatment of those students and professors who challenged their determination to maintain friendly relations with Nazi Germany.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521762434
Number of pages: 350
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 25 mm

Reviews of the hardback: 'Stephen Norwood's groundbreaking research and eloquent pen have added immeasurably to our understanding of how Americans responded to Nazism in the 1930s. The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower reveals a painful but important chapter in our nation's history.' David S. Wyman, author of The Abandonment of the Jews
'This pioneering work by an accomplished scholar contains much that will be new and compelling to both historians and the general reader. Well-organized and gracefully written, it is a significant work that systematically exposes and analyzes the tangled and often sordid responses of American universities to Nazism. Norwood's research is deep and wide, drawing on evidence from a very broad range of often untapped sources. This study will be essential reading for scholars of Nazism, antisemitism, appeasement, higher education, the American Jewish experience, the 1930s student movement, free speech, and even gender history. The study should also have considerable appeal to the educated public.' Steven Katz, Boston University
'The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower provides the first comprehensive examination of the response of major American universities to the ethical and professional challenges posed by the Nazi regime. Through a methodical marshaling of evidence, Professor Norwood demonstrates that university administrators reacted with both temerity, in maintaining ties to German institutions long after the Nazi influence was clear, and timidity, in refusing to protest Nazi outrages on either academic or moral grounds. In doing so, he exposes the prejudices and predilections that shaped the American academy in the twentieth century.' Laurel Leff, Northeastern University School of Journalism and and author of Buried by The Times
'An excellent and frightening book about the friendly hand extended prior to World War II by major U.S. universities and colleges to Nazi Germany and its European allies. American academics and their institutions flattered Hitler and his regime, minimized their crimes, and encouraged appeasement. A must-read also for those who want to understand the mechanisms that generate antisemitism and prejudice on American campuses today.' Radu Ioanid, author of The Holocaust in Romania

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