Gerhard Weinberg will be speaking at the Holocaust Studies Conference on the MTSU campus!

19 Oct


Gerhard Weinberg, MTSU’s first Strickland Scholar, earned his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1951 and taught at a number of universities including the University of Kentucky, the Air Force Academy and most significantly the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from which he retired in 1999. He is the preeminent scholar of World War II. In a time when scholarship is becoming more and more specialized and narrow, he takes on the entire globe. He has won the George Beer prize of the American Historical Association twice, once for A World At Arms: A Global History of World War II and once for his two-volume study of Hitler’s Foreign policy. In December 2004 the History Channel announced that its second highest special for that year was “Hitler’s Lost Plan,” a documentary about Gerhard Weinberg’s discovery of Adolf Hitler’s sequel to Mein Kampf in the archives. In 2009 he was chosen to receive the prestigious Pritzger prize for military history along with a check for $100,000. In addition he has won the Halverson prize of the German Studies Association, awards from the Society for Military History, the Hoover Book Award and the coveted Samuel Eliot Morrison award for Military History from the Society for Military History. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from universities in the U.S. and Europe and was appointed Research Analyst for the War Documentation Project. He has served as President of a number of professional organizations, including the German Studies Association and the European Section of the Southern Historical Association, has won a number of distinguished fellowships and served as the Shapiro Senior Scholar in Residence at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

On October 22nd Gerhard L. Weinberg will present an innovative approach to Holocaust scholarship in a plenary session titled “The Holocaust After 70 Years”. In addition, Professor Gerhard Weinberg has agreed to present a second public lecture titled “World War II: An Entirely Different War.” at Adams Place on Tuesday, October 20th at 4:00 pm. It also is free and open to the general public. Adams Place is located at 1927 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN. A selection of Professor Weinberg’s books will also be available for purchase in the Phillips bookstore and he will be able to sign them after his lectures.


Visions of Victory: The Hopes of Eight World War II Leaders (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Hitler’s Foreign Policy 19331939: The Road to World War II (New York: Enigma Books, 2005)

A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)

World in the Balance (Hanover: Brandeis University Press, 1981)


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