Between Tragedy and Farce: Normalizing Nazism on the Internet

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Drawing on his recent prize-winning book, Hi Hitler!, Professor Gavriel D. Rosenfeld explains how the history of the Third Reich has increasingly become "normalized" in contemporary culture by examining how the Nazi legacy is being portrayed on the Internet. He shows how the World Wide Web has presented unprecedented opportunities for educating people about the Nazi legacy, while simultaneously accelerating its trivialization. More ominously, he discusses how the internet has enabled far right groups to rehabilitate Nazi ideas, especially antisemitism, and disseminate them to new audiences.

GAVRIEL D. ROSENFELD is Professor of History and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Judaic Studies at Fairfield University. He is the author or editor of seven books, including, most recently, The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism from World War II to the Present (Cambridge, 2019). His book, Hi Hitler! How the Nazi Past is Being Normalized in Contemporary Culture (Cambridge, 2015), won the German Studies Association’s Sybil Halpern Milton award in 2017 for best book on the subject of Nazism and the Holocaust. His book, Building after Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust (Yale, 2011), was a finalist for the National Jewish Book award in the category of art and architecture.

This event is generously sponsored by Sinai Chapels of Fresh Meadows and the Resnick family.

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