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Hitler's Insurrection: 100 Years after the Munich Beer Hall Putsch

Wed, November 8, 2023
Dinner Program
Michael Brenner

Exactly one-hundred years ago, on November 8, 1923, Adolf Hitler tried to come to power in Munich through an insurrection. His coup, which started in a beer hall, failed and he was arrested. He received a lenient punishment, was released from prison after less than one year, rebuilt his Nazi party, and became dictator of Germany ten years later. This lecture will focus on the rise of political extremism and antisemitism in Munich after World War One and asks why a convicted insurrectionist was allowed to return and to destroy the fledgling German democracy.

Professor Michael Brenner is a German historian who researches and publishes on the history of Jews and Israel. Brenner has authored eight books on Jewish History, which were translated into twelve languages and he is the editor and co-editor of eighteen books. He is the chair of Jewish History and Culture at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. He is also Distinguished Professor of History and Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies at American University and serves as International President of the Leo Baeck Institute for the Study of German-Jewish History.

In 2021, Michael Brenner was the first recipient of the Baron Award for Scholarly Excellence in Research of the Jewish Experience. His latest publication is In Hitler’s Munich: Jews, the Revolution, and the Rise of Nazism, (Princeton University Press 2022).

Professor Brenner’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at Claremont McKenna College.

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