“Jetzt judenfrei (now free of Jews)”: Being a Tourist in Nazi-Occupied Poland


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

"Jetzt judenfrei (now free of Jews)": Being a Tourist in Nazi-Occupied Poland

In 1943 Karl Baedeker, publisher of the well known and long established series of European tourist guides, issued a new volume on the General Government region of Nazi-occupied Poland. Indistinguishable in format from the rest of the series, the guide was sponsored and introduced by the Governor General Hans Frank (later hanged at Nuremberg). It was intended not only to provide German visitors to the region with the usual tourist information on accommodation, sight-seeing etc., but also to fulfill Frank’s political agenda: to showcase his semi-autonomous fiefdom as an outpost of age-old German culture and a harbinger of the Nazi new order in the east.  This lecture will discuss how the surface normality of a tourist handbook was related to the project of racial imperialism pursued by Frank and the Nazi regime in this region.

Jane Caplan is Professor of Modern European History at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. She has worked mainly on the history of Nazi Germany and is currently researching the proof and policing of identity in the Third Reich. She is equally interested in the documentation of individual identity in 19th-century Europe, especially the written and visual marks of identity on and off the body and their status in political and legal discourse.

Jane Caplan, St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford
Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
Event Subtitle: 

Fifteenth Annual Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Lecture

Event Location: 

Claudia Cohen Hall, Room G17, University of Pennsylvania
249 South 36th Street, Philadelphia PA 19104

Event Date and Time: 
April 18, 2012 5:00pm
Open to the public
Department of History
Penn Political Theory Workshop
Germanic Languages & Literatures
Jewish Studies Program Kutchin Seminar Series
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