Hayes to deliver lecture on business and the Third Reich at Clark on Nov. 10

WORCESTER, MA- Peter Hayes, Ph.D., Theodore Z. Weiss Professor of Holocaust Studies at Northwestern University will deliver “From Aryanization to Auschwitz: Degussa in the Third Reich” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, in Clark University’s Tilton Hall, Higgins University Center, 950 Main Street.

From 1933 to 1945, virtually all of Germany’s leading corporations cooperated with, then became complicit in the Nazi assault on the Jews. Hayes’ most recent book, “From Cooperation to Complicity: Degussa in the Third Reich (Cambridge University Press 2004),” details the incremental moral corruption of otherwise honorable executives who expropriated Jewish property, employed forced and slave labor, refined stolen gold and silver, and supplied, through a subsidiary firm, the gas used to murder hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Nazi death camps.

Hayes will discuss to what extent corporate leaders at the German Gold and Silver Separation Institute (Degussa) adjusted their principles to accommodate the Third Reich.

Hayes is the author of “Industry and Ideology,” a now classic study of the huge conglomerate IG Farben during the Nazi Era. The study was awarded the 1988 Biennial Book Prize of the Conference Group for Central European History, a section of the American Historical Association. He is currently working on two other books, “Profits and Persecution: German Big Business and the Holocaust” and “The Failure of a Generation: German Elites and National Socialism.”