Talks, Tours & Events for Adults

Talk: What is dead may never die

Replica Nazi badge made by Simpson's in Preston for use by the Resistance, from the Harris' collection.

Wednesday 3 May

Join Dr Caroline Sharples from UCLan for a fascinating insight into one of the legacies of the Nazis; avoiding martyrdom legends and shrines in post-war Germany.

During the Third Reich, fallen soldiers and murdered Nazi Party leaders were treated as ‘martyrs to the cause’, frequently receiving state funerals and highly elaborate physical memorials. After the war, the Allied programme of ‘denazification’ aimed to remove all vestiges of the old regime from public life - and this extended to executed war criminals.



This lecture offers a critical analysis of Allied policy-making on the disposal of dead Nazis, focusing on the fate of those tried by the 1945-6 Nuremberg Tribunal. It exposes Allied uncertainty about the safest method of disposal, the lack of planning, and the ways in which the potential Nazi corpse became a powerful tool within Cold War politics.

An event organised by the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library and UCLan.

What time? 6.00 - 7.30pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? Booking essential. Book at Eventbrite here or contact the museum shop on 01772 905414

Image: A replica Nazi embroidered badge manufactured by Simpson's gold thread works in Preston during World War II for use by the Dutch Resistance, part of the Harris' collection and on show in the Discover Preston gallery.

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