Welcome! You’ve reached the website for Compromised Identities: Reflections on Perpetration and Complicity under Nazism, a collaborative interdisciplinary research project at UCL funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.
How do people become complicit in systems of collective violence? How do shifting patterns of everyday behaviour eventually lead to persecution, exploitation and murder? And how do people respond to what later, under different circumstances, may be seen as a ‘compromised’ past?
Using Nazi Germany as a case study, we aim to explore how people became entangled in Nazi systems and practices, focusing on representations by and of individuals ‘on the perpetrator side’ from the the 1930s to the present.
Our project considers the motivation of those who witnessed and those who took part in the crimes of the Third Reich, and the ways in which they have been represented in the postwar era.
Oral histories, court cases, and portrayals in film, literature and the media can all provide insights into the ways in which attitudes to perpetration within society change over time. Such changes also have an impact on the ways in which those who lived through the Third Reich represent their lives, creating new narratives to reframe their earlier experiences.
For more information, have a look at our blog, or visit our official website at the UCL Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, part of the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.