Lecture: Nazism: Utopia of Life, Dystopia of Death

Sweden and Paris (online)

Professor Chapoutot is holding a digital lecture from Paris for The Living History Forum staff and partners in Sweden. The theme for the seminar is based on Professor Chapoutot's book — The Law of Blood, published by Harvard University Press.

“The scale and the depth of Nazi brutality seem to defy understanding. What could drive people to fight, kill, and destroy with such ruthless ambition? Observers and historians have offered countless explanations since the 1930s. According to Johann Chapoutot, we need to understand better how the Nazis explained it themselves. We need a clearer view, in particular, of how they were steeped in and spread the idea that history gave them no choice: it was either kill or die”.