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Seminar on State Crime Criminology and Transitional Justice with a focus on Nazi Germany

News vom 08.10.2021

Dr. Valeria Vegh Weis


The seminar will be held as a block on February 10 and February 11, 2022 from 10.00 to 18 hs. when students will present the elaborated papers with a seminar presentation. PPT is allowed.

The prerequisite for participation is the prior attendance of a lecture on "State Crime Criminology, Transitional Justice, and the Nazi Regime" to be held on October 22, 2021, from 10 to 15 hs.


Students will write a seminar paper, give a seminar lecture and participation in the discussion of the other students’ presentations.

Papers should have between 20 pages (references excluded). Letter Times New Roman 12, int. 1.5

It is possible to discuss the content of the work and to send a draft before the seminar (optional). Please contact me directly at valeriaveghweis@derecho.uba.ar (preferred) or vvw210@zedat.fu-berlin.de. Feel free to write me in German, English or Spanish.


Note: all the topics should be based on processes, legal innovations and socio-legal practices that took place within Germany in any period of choice from 1933 to today. Students can choose to focus on a broad analysis of an extended period (e.g., broad analysis of the Chancellors/Presidents discourses on Holocaust Remembrance Day from post-war to today) or a specific Chancellor or speech (e.g., the last Presidential speech in 2020) and any possibility in between.

Please complete the following excel choosing the topic you want before October 30, 2021

1. Critical reflection on the concepts of transitional justice, state crime criminology, Vergangenheitsbewältigung, Vergangenheitsausarbeitung and Erinnerungskultur.

2. Victims’ Resistance to the Nazi Regime (Jewish people, Sinti and Roma, prisoners of war, disabled people, LGTBQ+ and/or Jehovah Witnesses, etc.) in Germany

3. Education material and textbooks on Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany

4. Public discourse by Chancellors and Presidents on Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany

5. Media discourse on Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany

6. Memorialization of Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany

7. Victims’ testimonies in the trials in Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany

8. Challenges of the Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany

9. Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process and the raise of the Right-Wing in Germany

10. Critical perspectives on the German Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process as a worldwide model in Germany

11. Gender perspectives on the Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany

12. State-Corporate Crime and the Holocaust in Germany

13. Discussions on post-Holocaust legacy, antisemitism and xenophobia in German 2021 elections

Remember to please email me and Mr. Baranov (alexander.baranov@fu-berlin.de) if you need to withdraw from Campus Management

Papers and Presentations Content

  • The paper/presentation should be a literature review on the selected topic.

    • If you want, you can also go further and include critical analysis of the topic or to develop a methodology of your choice

  • For the literature review, you can use secondary literature from the primo library and academic databases (googlescholar, academia.edu, researchgate, NO Wikipedia please)

    • If you want, you can also add primary sources from archives (e.g. FU – see Verena’s PPT), German Resistance Memorial Center, Ghetto Fighters House; Yad Vashem; Leo Baeck Institute; Arolsen Archives; The Wiener Holocaust Library)

    • Also, if you want, you can add media sources, social media inputs and even personal experiences

 Papers Timeline

  • Abstract/Structure of the paper: You are invited to send me a structure of the paper or an abstract to receive feedback before December 5, 2021, or as earlier as you want (optional)

  • First Draft: The first draft should be ready on January 15, 2022, to be shared with one other student for feedback. Be kind and constructive please! J Feel free to share the paper with more than one student if desirable

  • Comments: On February 1 you should send the paper back with the comments to your colleague and receive yours so that you will have almost 2 more weeks to work on the comments you received

  • Please share the drafts in .docx format so that is easy to make comments


  • Duration: 30 min + 15 min discussion + 15 min break

  • All students must attend the sessions of February 10 and 11 and participate in the discussions

Submission of the Papers

  • Third draft: with the provided feedback provided during the presentations, you will have time to improve your paper further and send it to me on February 18.

  • Grade: onFebruary 25, I will send you the papers with comments and a grade composed by the paper + presentations + participation in class.

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