How did a figure like Hitler emerge so quickly and so forcefully onto the world stage? How, in what was thought to be an enlightened and civilized society, did such demagoguery manage to incite an army to commit one of history's greatest atrocities?
This hour we speak with historians and legal experts about Hitler's radicalization and rise to power . We'll also hear how American racial attitudes and practices may have directly inspired the Nazi's legislative agenda.
- Thomas Weber - German historian, lecturer and Professor of History and International Affairs at the University of Aberdeen; author of Becoming Hitler: The Making of a Nazi
- James Whitman - The Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School and author of Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law
Chion Wolf and Colin McEnroe contributed to this show.