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New Digital Exhibition: Compromised Identities? Reflections on Perpetration and Complicity under Nazism

The digital exhibition Compromised Identities? Reflections on Perpetration and Complicity under Nazism by UCL’s Centre for Collective Violence, Holocaust and Genocide Studies is now live.

The exhibition explores how perpetration and complicity are represented and understood both at the time and later. It examines direct and indirect involvement in violence, everyday practices of exclusion, and post-war confrontations with the past. While focussing on experiences under Nazism and attempts to address its legacies across the post-war era, the project remains all too relevant to questions of racism and collective violence today.

How can we understand the roles not only of direct perpetrators, but also of wider societies and so-called ‘bystanders’? How were they drawn into this project of racialised violence and how did they attempt to justify their actions? And how did they confront this compromised legacy after 1945? With a recent rise in acts of racism, antisemitism, and collective violence, these questions remain all too relevant today.

The site features rare archival sources, an interactive map, and audio-visual materials. It is home to thirty short films created by UCL researchers, exploring historical developments and the challenges involved in representing perpetration and complicity.