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22. June 2021 08:00 - 30. June 2021 23:59
CfP - WorkshopsNazis and Nazi Sympathisers in South America after 1945. Careers and Networks in their Destination Countries
Adolf Eichmann, Josef Mengele, Klaus Barbie, and Erich Priebke: These names are exemplary of the Nazi criminals who found refuge in South America after 1945. There, they either remained untroubled or were only made accountable for their crimes many years later. Investigations into th...Weiterlesen...
22. June 2021 08:00 - 31. August 2021 23:59
Ausschreibung DirektionDas Wiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI) sucht zum Eintrittstermin 01.06.2022 eine/n Direktor/in.
Das von der Republik Österreich und der Stadt Wien geförderte VWI ist dem Vermächtnis von Simon Wiesenthal gegenüber verpflichtet und bewahrt sein Archiv. Es widmet sich der Erforschung, Dokumentation und Vermittlung von allen Fragen, die Antisemitismus, Nationalsozialismus, Rassi...Weiterlesen...
06. July 2021 14:30 - 08. July 2021 16:30
Simon Wiesenthal ConferenceSWC 2021: Europa Ethnisieren. Hass und Gewalt in Post-Versailles Europa / Ethnicising Europe. Hate and Violence in Post-Versailles Europe
Das Ende der mittel-, ost-, und südosteuropäischen Reiche und die dem Ersten Weltkrieg folgenden Friedensverträge führten nicht nur zu neuen Staatsgrenzen und der Formation neuer Nationalstaaten. Sie markierten auch eine neue Weltordnung auf nationaler Grundlage: Die Friedensmache...Weiterlesen...

Andrew Wisely

Research Fellow (02/2020–06/2020)


Between Auschwitz and Frankfurt. The Deception and Exception of SS Doctor Franz Lucas (1911–1994)


WISELYThis project examines Dr. Franz Bernhard Lucas (1911–1994), an SS camp and troop doctor who served for sixteen months in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Mauthausen, Stutthof, Ravensbrück, and Sachsenhausen. In the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial (1963–1965) he denied having selected Jews on the Birkenau ramp in 1944, then admitted to doing so under pressure. His putative fear and the glowing testimony of Ravensbrück survivors mitigated his punishment and secured his acquittal in 1970. The trial anchors my book without dominating it. A more comprehensive portrait of Lucas requires university records, interrogations, other trial transcripts, testimonies, letters, officer files, and camp records. These help us understand his formation in the ‘Volksgemeinschaft’ and his eugenic actions against its racial outsiders. My book conceives of Lucas as a Januskopf – looking forward and backward, at once reluctant and opportunistic. Examples of deception offset reports of Lucas’s exceptionalism and entanglement. I also illuminate the culture of amnesty and victimisation in the 1950s and 1960s that delayed the acceptance of responsibility and remorse toward the true victims.


Andrew Wisely is Associate Professor of German at Baylor University, where he teaches all levels of German and co-directs a study abroad programme in Dresden. He is the author of Arthur Schnitzler and Twentieth-Century Criticism (2004). He has published articles on sterilisation, trauma, and confessional modes. His research and teaching interests include Austrian literature, medical literary discourses and ethics, testimony, postwar justice, perpetrator rhetoric, and trauma.

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