Food and Fascism
- October 25, 2017
- 5:30 PM
If recent events in Charlottesville, VA are any indicator, then "blood and soil" seems to be a favorite chant of American neo-Nazis. Come and learn more about this phrase which was popularized in 1930s Germany, not by the Führer, but by the Minister of Food and Agriculture. Explore the links between food and fascism. If one understands how keeping the masses satiated in a particular way can serve political, social, economic, and racial goals, then it will come as no surprise that Nazi regime was deeply invested in what Germans put into their shopping baskets, lunch pails, cooking pots, and bodies.
Our Lecturer: Mark B. Cole earned his PhD. in European History at the University of Florida and is a College Associate Lecturer in the Department of History. He specializes in German history, the Holocaust, as well as the histories of consumption and food more broadly. He has been a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service, the Leo Baeck Foundation Jerusalem, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, among others, and has presented his research across the United States as well as in Germany, Poland, and Israel.