On 21 October 2016, at the invitation of Professor Norbert Frei, Helen will be presenting a paper entitled 'Erziehung und Entbürgerlichung' at an international symposium on 'Wie bürgerlich war der Nationalsozialismus?' ('How bourgeois was National Socialism?'), which is taking place at Jena University's Centre for 20th-century History.
is an Affiliated Lecturer in History at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College. Her second book, a history of the Napolas, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
Her first book, Sparta's German Children: The ideal of ancient Sparta in the Royal Prussian Cadet Corps, 1818-1920, and in National Socialist elite schools (the Napolas), 1933-1945, was published in 2013, and has subsequently received critical acclaim from reviewers in several disciplines, including Classics, intellectual history, and the history of education. Her article 'Surviving Stunde Null' was also recently awarded German History journal's "Best Article of 2015" prize. From 2012-2015, Helen held a Research Fellowship at Lucy Cavendish College, having previously completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Gonville & Caius College. Her research has been funded by (among others) the AHRC, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) and the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz.
- humanistic education in Nazi Germany
- history and memory in post-war Germany
- youth exchange during the 20th century; Anglo-German relations
- Greco-German relations and philhellenism from the 18th century to the present
- Austrian history in the inter-war period; comparative study of 20th-century fascist regimes
On 14 October 2016, Helen hosted a DAAD-funded workshop on "Private perspectives on Gewalt and Herrschaft in National Socialist Germany" at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Speakers included Moritz Föllmer (University of Amsterdam) on "Power and Privacy in the Third Reich" and Janosch Steuwer (University of Zürich) on "Voting in Hitler's Consensus Dictatorship". Read more...
Helen's article, (Sport, Physical Education and Premilitary Training at the Nationalpolitische Erziehungsanstalten), has just been published in the 2016 issue of the German journal Beiträge zur Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus, entitled Sport und Nationalsozialismus (Sport and National Socialism), edited by Frank Becker and Ralf Schäfer. Read more...
Helen's article 'Surviving Stunde Null: Narrating the fate of Nazi elite-school pupils during the collapse of the Third Reich', forthcoming in German History journal, has just been awarded the periodical's "Best Article of 2015 Prize". Read more...