Milton Mayer, an American college professor from Columbia University, wanted to find out how ordinary people initially reacted to Hitler's policies and philosophy. Seven years after the end of World War II, Mayer went to Germany and interviewed a cross-section of men throughout society. One of the interviews with a German college professor is excerpted in this audio recording.
While we know that "race" is a social construct and not a biological fact, "racism" still exists. In this audio reading Lisa Delpit - scholar, author, writer and mother-writes to her daughter about her own experiences with racism growing up in the United States.
Understanding the vast range of individuals and groups who perpetrated the atrocities during the Holocaust is a difficult but critical element in the history. This audio reading explores one group--police battalions-who were organized locally much like the National Guard in the United States or other army units where soldiers were not full time. This unit Police Battalion 101 came from Hamburg, Germany but were assigned to the district outside of Lublin, Poland. The testimony recounted here came from the post-war interrogations from these soldiers and the events that took place.
In this segment of an interview conducted by Studs Terkel, Eileen Barthe, a government relief case worker during the Great Depression, remembers an experience that caused a recipient of relief to face deep humiliation.
In an interview with Studs Terkel, Virginia Foster Durr, a prominent American civil rights activist, reflects on life during the Great Depression, particularly the way that people on government relief felt shame and guilt over their own suffering and poverty, rather than blaming the capitalist system.
As the Nazi regime consolidated its power, German universities were targeted and purged of any academics who refused to pledge allegiance to National Socialism. In this audio reading Austrian Economist Peter Drucker recounts the moment he realized he needed to leave his country because of the terror and intimidation that was occurring.