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Book talk: Frank Trentmann – “Out of the Darkness: The Germans from 1942 to the Present”

February 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Out of the Darkness Frank Trentmann Book CoverA joint event with the Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism .

Germany today is undergoing a crisis of identity. The Russian attack on Ukraine in February 2022 prompted Chancellor Olaf Scholz to announce a “Zeitenwende”, an era of change, but Germany’s place in the world remains unclear.

Hamas’ terrorist attacks on Israel on 7 October 2023 were followed by declarations of firm solidarity with Israel from the German government and all parties but also by a dramatic rise in anti-semitism and a lack of empathy within German society.

In this talk, the historian Frank Trentmann draws on his new book Out of the Darkness to put current developments in historical perspective. Through this book Trentmann seeks to answer a central question: How have the Germans changed since 1942 and why? And who are they now?

About the speaker: Frank Trentmann is Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London, and at the University of Helsinki. He is the author of Empire of Things and Free Trade Nation, was a Moore Scholar at Caltech and has been awarded the Whitfield Prize, the Austrian Science Book Prize, the Humboldt Prize for Research and the 2023 Bochum Historians’ Prize. He grew up in Hamburg and lives in London.

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