Travels Through Time #15 – Mary Fulbrook, 1939-45

This episode examines the Nazi genocide through human interactions with three crime scenes.

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Auschwitz. Photograph: Peter Moore

In this special Wolfson History Prize episode of Travels Through Time we talk to Mary Fulbrook about her book Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice. Last month Reckonings was awarded the Wolfson History Prize. The judges called it ‘masterly’; a work that ‘explores the shifting boundaries and structures of memory.’

Fulbrook said that she was driven to write the book – which identifies the crimes and traces their effects on the generations that followed – by ‘an enduring sense of injustice’ that the vast majority of those who perpetrated the Holocaust, or who made it possible, evaded responsibility for their crimes.

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