"Pope Pius XII in World War II"
Gerhard L. Weinberg William Rand Kenan Jr.,
Professor of History, Emeritus University of North Carolina
Thursday, April 4th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond
The Berger Holocaust Lecture this year will bring to Colby the most eminent historian of World War II: Gerhard Weinberg (emeritus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). Prof. Weinberg was born in Germany in 1928 and had to flee Nazi Germany as a child. He was centrally involved in analyzing the vast body of captured German documents after World War II and had a distinguished scholarly career. He discovered an unpublished book manuscript by Hitler that was meant to appear as a sequel to Mein Kampf and has provided crucial insights on the evolution of Hitler's mindset (Weinberg, ed., Hitler's Second Book). Weinberg's book, A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II, has received praise as a pathbreaking global presentation of the Second World War, and Weinberg has more recently published an analysis of the ways in which eight World War II leaders imagined the victory of their side, Visions of Victory. At Colby, Prof. Weinberg will talk about a highly controversial (and very timely) topic: the role of Pope Pius XII in the Second World War. This is a unique opportunity to meet one of the most eminent historians of our time!