Shelley Baranowski


On her book Nazi Empire: German Colonialism and Imperialism from Bismarck to Hitler

Cover Interview of February 20, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The Nazi Third Reich as one form of empire.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Arendt’s argument that the distinctiveness of the Holocaust owed less to the long history of anti-Semitism, and more to Nazism’s determination to eradicate ‘human diversity as such’ has always fascinated me.”

On the second:

“Nazism’s attempt to create a cohesive and ethnically uniform nation, while at the same time incorporating new territories with diverse populations, has been a common problem of empires in general.”