For the historian Mary Fulbrook, the history of the small town of Będzin hits close to home. Her mother was a refugee from Nazi Germany and a close friend to the wife of Udo Klausa, a one-time civilian administrator in that small town so close to the infamous concentration camp Auschwitz. What role did Klausa, as countless local functionaries across the Third Reich, play in facilitating Nazi policy? Fulbrook traveled to Bedzin with her son to film a series of videos exploring the subject as a companion to her book, A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust.
What is the history of Nazi-occupied Będzin?
What was it like to live in Nazi occupied Bedzin?
Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History at University College London and the author of A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the Holocaust. A leading authority on modern German history, her books include Dissonant Lives: Generations and Violence through the German Dictatorships, A Concise History of Germany, A History of Germany 1918-2000: The Divided Nation, German National Identity after the Holocaust, Anatomy of a Dictatorship: Inside the GDR, and The People’s State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker. Fulbrook is also a Fellow of the British Academy, a former Chair of the German History Society, and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Foundation for the former Concentration Camps at Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora.