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Krasno Event: Prof. Benjamin Hett on “The Death of Democracy”

November 9, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
in many countries around the world democracy has become an endangered species. In its 2022 report Freedom House concluded that “democracy in the United States has suffered serious erosion” and the Economist’s 2022 democracy index once again refers to the US as a “flawed democracy.”  Italy has just elected a far-right prime minister with neo-fascist roots and in many other countries anti-democratic autocratic movements and leaders are on the rise.
At our Krasno event on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 5.30pm (the day after the mid-term elections) Prof. Benjamin Hett’s talk and discussion on “The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power & the Lessons we can Learn for our Tumultuous Times” will enlighten us about the events in the 1930s and discuss the lessons we may draw from this for our own tumultuous and violent age. This timely event promises to provide us with plenty of sobering food for thought.
This event will take place IN-PERSON in the Mandela auditorium at UNC-Chapel Hill AND ONLINE by ZOOM — all welcome either in person or online.
Benjamin Hett is a former lawyer and a professor of history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His books include the best-selling The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic (St. Martin’s Press, 2018).
We are fortunate that our own Professor emeritus GERHARD WEINBERG will deliver a special commentary after Ben Hett’s talk. Gerhard Weinberg many books include the acclaimed A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (2nd ed., Cambridge UP, 2005).

I look forward to seeing you on Nov. 9. See also the website.
With my best wishes,
Klaus Larres


November 9, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm