The German Archipelago: German Ethnic Minorities and Interwar Eugenics

The German Archipelago

The German Archipelago:

German Ethnic Minorities and Interwar Eugenics

Balliol College, Oxford

17 - 18 December 2011

The Archipelago of German minorities in Central and Eastern Europe are often seen as pawns on the wider geo-political and eugenic stages of interwar Europe, and especially so with regards to Nazi Germany’s designs for these Volksdeutsche. But while the ongoing study of eugenic and racial policies pursued the Third Reich, and the international contexts they operated in, have substantially added to our understanding of eugenic paradigms’ broader appeal, we still know very little about how ethnic minorities themselves interacted with eugenic themes and strategies.

This conference sets out to investigate and compare how, when, and why German ethnic minorities engaged with, and related to, wider international discourses on eugenics, and the extent to which these ideas were internalized and adapted to suit their local needs. That is, to what extent did German ethnic minorities became active agents in the promotion of eugenics and its promise of a healthier, homogenized, and hereditarily reinvigorated nation?

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“Transylvanian Saxons Eugenics in Interwar Romania: Concepts and Practices”

Tudor Georgescu

(Oxford Brookes University)

“Transylvanian Saxons Eugenics in Interwar Romania: Concepts and Practices”

“From Proto-Eugenics to Euthanasia: Baltic German Eugenics in Latvia and Estonia 1890-1940“

Björn M. Felder

(University of Goettingen)

“From Proto-Eugenics to Euthanasia: Baltic German Eugenics in Latvia and Estonia 1890-1940“

 

Paper presented to the conference:

“The German Archipelago: German Minorities and Interwar Eugenics”

“The Volga Germans as a Focus of Rival Racial Pathologies“

Paul Weindling

(Oxford Brookes University)

“The Volga Germans as a Focus of Rival Racial Pathologies“

 

 

 

“The Swabian-German Kulturbund and Eugenic Issues in Yugoslavia’s Volksdeutsche Periodicals, 1921-1941”

Filip Krčmar

(Novi Sad University)

 “The Swabian-German Kulturbund and Eugenic Issues in Yugoslavia’s Volksdeutsche Periodicals, 1921-1941”

 

Paper presented to the conference:

“A people with Two Souls: Making Germans in Interwar Hungary”

John C. Swanson

(Utica College, New York)

 “A people with Two Souls: Making Germans in Interwar Hungary”

 

“The Reconceptualisation of German Ethnic Identity in Romania under Nazi influence”

Hildrun Glass

(Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich)

“The Reconceptualisation of German Ethnic Identity in Romania under Nazi influence”

 

“The political radicalization of the Volksdeutsche in Bessarabia, the Bukowina, and the Banat 1933-1935”

Mariana Hausleitner

(Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich)

“The political radicalization of the Volksdeutsche in Bessarabia, the Bukowina, and the Banat 1933-1935”

 

Paper presented to the conference:

“Missing Resettlers: ‘Heim ins Reich’ in the Shadow of Nazi Politics from 1940 to 1944”

Susanne Schlechter

(NS-Memorial Alte Pathologie‘ Wehnen/ Oldenburg)

“Missing Resettlers: ‘Heim ins Reich’ in the Shadow of Nazi Politics from 1940 to 1944”

 

Paper presented to the conference:

“Racial Hygienic Mechanisms of Selections during the Resettlement of the Volksdeutsche, 1939-45”

Maria Fiebrandt

(Technical University Dresden)

“Racial Hygienic Mechanisms of Selections during the Resettlement of the Volksdeutsche,1939-45”

 

 

Paper presented to the conference:

“Volk vs. Race: The German Minority in Denmark and the SS idea of a ‘Greater Germanic Empire’”

Steffen Werther

(Stockholm University)

“Volk vs. Race: The German Minority in Denmark and the SS idea of a ‘Greater Germanic Empire’”

 

“Exercising Germanisation: The Volksdeutsche and Racial Politics in Warthegau and General Government”

Stephan Lehnsteadt

(German-Historical-Institute, Warsaw)

 “Exercising Germanisation: The Volksdeutsche and Racial Politics in Warthegau and General Government”

 

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