The workshop aims at familiarization with selected profiles of SS men and female SS supervisors on the basis of the extant documentation. There is a general introduction to the archival resources, followed by a brief description of the origin and nature of the SS, the people who joined it, and the role that the organization played in the Third Reich police system.
Participants work in three sub-groups, focusing on SS men who held particular posts in Auschwitz (Rudolf Höss, Pery Broad, Johannes Thuemmler), on SS physicians (Mengele, Schumann, Clauberg), and on female SS supervisors (Maria Mandel, Theresa Brandl).
The groups present their work in an open forum. Beyond individual study of the extant records, the workshop aims at analyzing the motivation for actions by specific SS men and women within the camp system. The group working on the doctors pays special attention to the things they did in the light of the Hippocratic oath. Aside from documents, participants also have access to photographs and films that shed light on the subject.
Target audience: school, university, and doctoral students
Workshop Leader: Lucyna Filip