In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we are joined by author Konrad H. Jarausch who discusses his latest book, “Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century.” Jarausch explores how ordinary German citizens fell for Nazi propaganda and often perpetrated or collaborated in the regime’s crimes. He also explores how the defeated survivors were able to recivilize themselves, becoming democrats and Western allies.

Guest

Konrad H. Jarausch is the Lurcy Professor of European Civilization at the University of North Carolina and the past director of the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam, Germany. Among the many leaves and fellowships he is a double alumnus of the Wilson Center.  His about fifty monographs and edited volumes cover German and European history, mostly during the 20th century. Some of his recent books are Reluctant Accomplice: A Wehrmacht Soldier's Letters from the Eastern Front (Princeton 2007), Out of Ashes: A New History of Europe in the Twentieth Century(Princeton, 2015) and Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century(Princeton, 2018).

Moderator

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.