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Dr. Wendy Lower

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American Historian

Email: a***@***.org
Local Address: Ukraine

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Research Fellow and Lecturer In the Department of Eastern European History
    Ludwig Maximilian University
  • Research Fellow
    Ludwig Maximilian University
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Historian Wendy Lower talked ..., 22 Feb 2014 [cached]
Historian Wendy Lower talked about her forthcoming book, Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, in which she explores the role of German women on the Nazi eastern…
The researcher, Wendy Lower, ..., 18 July 2010 [cached]
The researcher, Wendy Lower, an American historian now living in Munich, has drawn attention to the number of seemingly ordinary German women who willingly went out to the Nazi-occupied eastern territories as part of the war effort, to areas where genocide was openly occurring.
"Thousands would be a conservative estimate," Ms. Lower said in an interview in Jerusalem last week.
While most did not bloody their own hands, the acts of those who did seemed all the more perverse because they operated outside the concentration camp system, on their own initiative.
Ms. Lower's findings shed new light on the Holocaust from a gender perspective, according to experts, and have further underlined the importance of the role of the lower echelons in the Nazi killing apparatus.
Ms. Lower, 45, presented her work for the first time at this summer's workshop at Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research. She has been trying to decipher what motivated these women to commit such crimes.
"They challenge so deeply our notion" of what constitutes normal female behavior, she said. But the Nazi system, she added, "turned everything on its head."
Ms. Lower said she worked for many years at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and is now teaching and researching at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat in Munich .
She began traveling to Ukraine in the early 1990s, as the Soviet archives opened up. She started in Zhytomyr, about 75 miles west of Kiev, where the SS leader Heinrich Himmler had his Ukrainian headquarters, and where she found original German files, some burned at the edges, in the local archive. She noticed the frequency with which women were mentioned at the scenes of genocide.
For women from working-class families or farms in Germany, the occupied zones offered an attractive opportunity to advance themselves, Ms. Lower said.
Only 1 or 2 percent of the perpetrators were women, according to Ms. Lower.
They were acquitted both times because of contradictions that arose in the testimonies of witnesses gathered over 20 years, the former chief prosecutor in the case told Ms. Lower.
JCRC Newsletter, 23 Jan 2009 [cached]
February 15-16, 2009, The Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) will welcome Professor Wendy Lower of Towson University where she will present two lectures for the annual Burton C. Einspruch Holocaust Lecture Series.
Wendy Lower is Assistant Professor of History at Towson University in Towson, Maryland and is currently a research fellow at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. She is the author of a number of books and articles on the Holocaust, and is the 2007 winner of the Baker Burton Award for her Best First Book European History from the Southern Historical Association. Her current works include Nazi Empire-Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine and The Shoah in Ukraine: History, Testimony and Memorialization.
Holocaust by bullets - Yahad In Unum, 25 Jan 2010 [cached]
" Historical Research on the Holocaust in Ukraine: Achievements and Agendas ", by Dr. Wendy Lower, research fellow and lecturer in the department of Eastern European history at Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich.
International workshop participants (around ..., 1 June 2010 [cached]
International workshop participants (around table, from left foreground): Andrej Umansky of Yahad; Father Desbois; Wendy Lower and Boris Neusius, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich; Patrice Bensimon, Yahad; Kate Brown, University of Maryland - USA: Stephan Merl, Univeristy of Bielefeld - Germany; Lynne Viola, University of Toronto - Canada; Aleksandr Kruglov, Univeristy of Radio and Electronics of Kharkov - Ukraine: Valery Vasylyev, National V.I. Verdansky University, Ukraine; Olexander Melnyk, of Ukraine.
"The question before us is whether Stalinist policies of the 1930's in any way facilitated the Nazi genocide," said workshop co-chair, Wendy Lower, a professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.
Co-chair Dr. Wendy Lower, presents to the international workshop
Council members present included: Chairman Eduard Husson, France; Andreas Angrick, Germany; Pierre-Jérôme Biscarat, France; Jean-Marc Dreyfus, UK; Joël Kotek, Belgium; Alexander Kruglov, Ukraine; Deborah Lipstadt, United States; Wendy Lower, Germany; Dieter Pohl, Germany; Stéphane Simonnet, France; Nicolas Werth, France.
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