September 28, 2004


    WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- An historian who specializes in 20th century Germany, particularly the Nazi period, will speak about the Holocaust when he visits the Whitman College campus Wednesday, Oct. 13.

    Peter Hayes, the Theodore Z. Weiss Professor of Holocaust Studies at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, will speak at 8 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium, near Otis Street and Boyer Ave., Whitman College campus. His lecture, “Popular Complicity in the Holocaust,” is free and open to the public.

    Hayes is the author or editor of seven books, including “From Cooperation to Complicity: Degussa in the Third Reich” (2004) and a prize-winning study of the IG Farben corporation in the Nazi era. He is currently working on two other books: “Profits and Persecution: German Big Business and the Holocaust” and “The Failure of a Generation: German Elites and National Socialism.”

    A recipient of the WCAS Teaching Award and the Northwestern Alumni Association’s Excellence in Education Award, Hayes has held fellowships from the DAAD, the ACLS, and the Henry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. He is a member of the Academic Board of the German Society for Business History and the Academic Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156