Nazism triumphed in Germany at a time Jim Crow held sway in the United States. Did the American regime of racial oppression in any way inspire the Nazis? The unsettling answer is yes. In Hitler’s American Model, prominent legal scholar James Q. Whitman presents a detailed investigation of the American impact on the notorious Nuremberg Laws, the centerpiece anti-Jewish legislation of the Nazi regime. Indelibly linking American race laws to the shaping of Nazi policies in Germany, Hitler’s American Model upends understandings of America’s influence on racist practices in the wider world.
Whitman is the Ford Foundation of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School and the author of, among other books, “The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War” (2012) and “Harsh Justice: Criminal Punishment and the Widening Divide Between America and Europe.” He is also the winner of the 2004 Distinguished Book Award of the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology.
About the Holocaust Living History Workshop
This event is a part of the Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) series, an education and outreach program sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and the Jewish Studies program. It aims to preserve the memories of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust by offering public events involving witnesses, descendants and scholars and through the use of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive. Past HLHW workshops are now part of the Library’s digital collections and can be accessed online.
Sponsor: With support from John Muir and Seventh College