“German Blood, Slavic Soil: How Nazi Königsberg Became Soviet Kaliningrad,” a lecture by Nicole Eaton

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@ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Nicole Eaton will present on her book, German Blood, Slavic Soil: How Nazi Königsberg Became Soviet Kaliningrad on Thursday, March  14, 2024 at 4:00 pm in 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive.

About the Lecture: In the wake of the Second World War, the German city Königsberg, once the easternmost territory of the Third Reich, became the Russian city Kaliningrad, the westernmost region of the Soviet Union. Königsberg/Kaliningrad is the only city to have been ruled by both Hitler and Stalin as their own—in both wartime occupation and as integral territory of the two regimes. During the war, this single city became an epicenter in the apocalyptic battle between Nazism and Stalinism. Eaton’s book German Blood, Slavic Soil: How Nazi Königsberg Became Soviet Kaliningrad reveals how Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, twentieth-century Europe’s two most violent revolutionary regimes, transformed a single city and the people who lived there. Drawing on archival documents, diaries, letters, and memoirs from both sides, this talk presents an intimate look into the Nazi-Soviet encounter during World War II and shows how this outpost city, far from the centers of power in Moscow and Berlin, became a closed-off space where Nazis and Stalinists each staged radical experiments in societal transformation and were forced to reimagine their utopias in dialogue with the encounter between the victims and proponents of the two regimes.

About the Lecturer: Nicole Eaton is Associate Professor of History at Boston College, where she teaches courses on the Soviet Union, Imperial Russia, modern Europe, authoritarianism, and mass violence. Her research interests include nationalism, communism, fascism, ethnic cleansing, borderlands, urban history, the Second World War, environmental history, medical humanities, toxicity, and chronic illness in East/Central Europe and Eurasia. German Blood, Slavic Soil is her first book.

This event is part of the CREECA lecture series, which is held on Thursdays at 4:00 pm. Coffee, tea, and cookies served starting at 3:45.