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Event Date: 4th Feb 2019 | 18:30
Book Talk: The SS-Ahnenerbe and the Skull Collection of Strasbourg
The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP
Anatomist August Hirt murdered 86 people in Natzweiler concentration camp in August 1943. His plan was to exhibit their skulls in a museum in Strasbourg in order to demonstrate the inferiority of the Jewish race as propagandized by the Nazis. The district attorney Fritz Bauer, a leading figure in the prosecution of Nazis, doubted the circumstances of the crime and the motives. Moreover, he assumed that even more perpetrators were involved in the crimes. The so-called ‘Nazi-hunter’ died in 1965 after having accused further members of the SS.
Dr Julien Reitzenstein will discuss his newly published book The SS-Ahnenerbe and the Skull Collection of Strasbourg –Fritz Bauer᾿s Last Case, which has exposed further suspects. As a forensic historian, Reitzenstein retraces the course of the crime on the basis of newly discovered sources uncovering that the underlying motives leading to the inhuman crimes were even more cynical and cruel than previously known. Not only does it document the crimes under Nazi scientists, but also the criminals’ abilities to cover their tracks until the present day.