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Perpetrator Studies Network


26 September 2019
Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg

Panel Discussion “Schreibtischtäter – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”

The International Nuremberg Principles Academy will organize a panel discussion and dialogue that will explore the history and current understanding of Schreibtischtäter (Desk Perpetrators) and their international crimes. The event will be held in cooperation with the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg, Germany, on 26 September 2019.

Ordinary professionals – from bureaucrats to technocrats, and from journalists to scientists – have always played a crucial role in the commission of international crimes. Hannah Arendt portrayed one such Schreibtischtäter, Adolf Eichmann, and found him famously “banal.” Yet despite their centrality in history, little is known about these cogs in the wheel of violence. Bringing together leading experts, this event takes stock of existing knowledge and contemplates the future. From colonial genocide to the Holocaust, and from Darfur to Syria, the panelists debate what Schreibtischtäter are, what they do, and how to bring them to justice. The discussion, moderated by Dr. Viviane Dittrich, Deputy Director of the Nuremberg Academy unites perspectives from history, law, literature, and political science.

Confirmed speakers include: Prof. Jens Meierhenrich, London School of Economics and Political Science, Prof. Thomas Weigend, Universität zu Köln, Prof. Dirk van Laak, Universität Leipzig, Prof. Kim Priemel, University of Oslo, and Dr. Viviane Dittrich, International Nuremberg Principles Academy (Chair).

The event will be held in German. It is open to the public and free of charge. No registration is necessary.