Wendy Lower’s National Book Award finalist Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, a stunning account of the role of German women on the World War II Nazi eastern front, powerfully revises history, proving that we have ignored the reality of women’s participation in the Holocaust, including as brutal killers. The long-held picture of German women holding down the home front during the war, as loyal wives and cheerleaders for the Führer, pales in comparison to Lower’s incisive case for the massive complicity, and worse, of the 500,000 young German women she places, for the first time, directly in the killing fields of the expanding Reich.
At 4 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 15, The Atlantic's Jennie Rothenberg Gritz will lead an online discussion with Lower focused on Hitler's Furies. Audience members will be able to ask Lower and Gritz questions via live video or text. Click "RSVP" to receive an email reminder about the event, or simply return to this page at 4 p.m. EST on Friday to enter the conversation.
Wendy Lower is a professor at Claremont McKenna College and a consultant for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Jennie Rothenberg Gritz is a senior editor at The Atlantic. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Lonely Planet, and she was formerly a senior editor of Moment, a national magazine founded by Elie Wiesel.