12 January 2022 - 12 January 2022
3:00PM - 5:00PM
Join us on Wednesday 12 January for an online book launch for Dr Helen Roche's new book 'The Third Reich's Elite Schools: A History of the Napolas' (Oxford University Press, 2021).
Hosted by Helen Roche Associate Professor in Modern European Cultural History
Chair : Joachim Whaley, Professor of German History and Thought, University of Cambridge
Rebecca Clifford, Professor of European and Transnational History, Durham University
Moritz Föllmer, Associate Professor of Modern History, University of Amsterdam
The Third Reich’s Elite Schools tells the story of the Napolas, Nazi Germany’s most prominent training academies for the future elite. Modelled on the English public schools, the Prussian cadet corps, and the harsh educational practices of ancient Sparta, these boarding schools took pupils from the age of ten upwards, moulding them into potential future leaders of the Third Reich. Fusing original research from eighty archives worldwide and eyewitness testimonies from over 100 former pupils, the book gives an in-depth account of everyday life at the schools, whilst also shedding fresh light on the political, social, and cultural history of the Nazi dictatorship.
Dr Helen Roche
Associate Professor in Modern European Cultural History
Dr. Helen Roche is Associate Professor in Modern European Cultural History at the University of Durham. Her second book, The Third Reich’s Elite Schools: A History of the Napolas, has recently been published by Oxford University Press. Her work has been featured in the press nationally and internationally, including appearances in The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, on the BBC and Sky News.