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Nazis All the Way Down: The Myth of the Moral Modern Germany

Dear Members, Friends and Supporters of the AmerikaHaus NRW,

Together with Fulbright Germany, we cordially invite you to join us for a discussion in Cologne:


Nazis All The Way Down: The Myth of the Moral Modern Germany
with Zachary Gallant, Author
moderated by Arnd Henze, Journalist
Monday, June 10, 2024 | 6.30 p.m.
Atelier Theater | Roonstraße 78 | 50674 Cologne

In Nazis All The Way Down: The Myth of the Moral Modern Germany, Fulbright alumnus Zachary Gallant and Dr. Katharina Gallant of the University of Bonn's Center for Development Research (ZEF) explore the economic myths of Denazification and Reparations (Wiedergutmachung), and show how the German Economic Miracle and the modern German economy are built upon the profits of the Holocaust. Crucially, their work examines the role played by the United States in avoiding Denazification and allowing Nazi profiteers to maintain and grow their positions of power. Finally, they dissect the narrative that Germany provides a model for overcoming a nation's past atrocities, and show instead how Germany still has much to learn from movements like #BlackLivesMatter, and recommend a path for Germany to do better.

Zachary Gallant came to Europe on a Fulbright scholarship to study post-conflict redevelopment in the states of the former Yugoslavia in the hopes of finding new solutions to renew his home city of Baltimore, USA. He stayed in Europe as a journalist, following trails of dirty money in Baltimore and the Balkans, before entering into refugee resettlement work in Germany, where he has built projects across Europe supported by the OSCE, European Commission, and German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. After his departure from this field in October 2023, he returned to his roots, helping authors bring out books on the money trails and profits of various atrocities with Westend Verlag in Frankfurt.

The WDR journalist and author Arnd Henze will moderate the discussion. Henze studied Theology in Göttingen, Heidelberg and Berkeley. In the late 1980s he triggered a broader societal discussion through his investigative work on the role of the Protestant Church during the time of the Nazi regime.


This event will be held in English.

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We cordially thank Fulbright Germany for their cooperation.