'"Der Versuch einer Antwort, warum ich von Auschwitz nichts wußte": The evolution of Napola pupils' responses to the Holocaust'

Forthcoming in Früher/später: Zeugnisse in der Zeit, ed. A.S. Sarhangi, Alina Bothe, Berlin (Oldenbourg).

This paper aims to give an overview of some of the ways in which pupils at the Nationalpolitische Erziehungsanstalten have engaged with the Holocaust – both during their childhood in the Third Reich, and as adults. The article begins by exploring two case-studies which illuminate some of the ways in which anti-Semitic attitudes were fostered at the schools before World War II, before moving on to examine former pupils' recollections of some of the close encounters which took place between pupils and concentration-camp prisoners towards the end of the war.

This article forms part of a long-standing research project on the history of the Nationalpolitische Erziehungsanstalten.