Chris Szejnmann

Reverend Dr Chris Szejnmann

BA, MA, PhD

  • Honorary Professor

Chris studied at London University and taught at Royal Holloway, Middlesex University and the University of Leicester, where he was Director of the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies between 2003 and 2007. Chris was appointed Professor of Modern History at Loughborough University in 2008 where he was responsible for re-establishing History as an Academic Subject from 2009-10, and then became the Head of the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, 2011-14. Chris has served on numerous University Committees and chaired the Review of the Effectiveness of Senate in 2015. Chris left his full-time position at Loughborough University in 2019 to work as ordained priest in the Church of England.

Professional Distinctions and Scholarly Activities

  • Historical and Pedagogical Advisor for the “Virtualization of The Journey Project” at the National Holocaust Centre and Museum, 2016–2018.
  • Chair, Academic Advisory Board, National Holocaust Centre and Museum, 2015–2017.
  • Co-Founder and Co-Director, East Midlands Centre for History Teaching and Learning, 2015–2017.
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy, 2014–.
  • Editor (together with Ben Barkow) of the book series ‘The Holocaust in Contexts’ with Palgrave Macmillan, 2008–2019.   
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal Politics, Religion & Ideology, 2008–2017.
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust Studies, University of Leicester, 2008–2018.
  • Director, Stanley Burton Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Leicester, 2003-2007.
  • Committee Member of the German History Society, 2006–9 (Acting Secretary between 4/08-3/09).
  • Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary and Regional History in Schleswig-Holstein / University of Flensburg, 2005.

Most of Chris' work focuses on how contemporaries responded to Nazism and genocide, and how Germans and non-Germans have come to terms with the Second World War and the Holocaust after 1945. 

His most recent main research project, Capitalism and its Discontents in Modern Germany, focused on one of the greatest challenges capitalism experienced in its history. At the beginning of the twentieth century many Germans rejected capitalism due to economic and moral-ethical considerations. Anti-capitalism was a complex and diverse phenomenon, thriving in conditions of instability and uncertainty. During the world economic slump from the late 1920s capitalism’s future and Germany’s place in it looked bleak, leading to a powerful anti-capitalist Zeitgeist from which the Nazis benefitted most.

Chris has been keen on transferring knowledge with external partners in the areas of pedagogy and teaching innovation in order to drive innovation and research that leads to social and cultural impact. His collaboration with the National Holocaust Centre and Museum has led to innovative projects relating to Holocaust Teaching to Primary School Children, Holocaust Exhibition and Holocaust Testimony.  

Modern Germany: From Racial Dictatorship to Re-civilization; The Rise of the Nazis.

‘The National Socialist economic “New Order” for Europe during World War II’ (2016); ‘In Defense of Honour and Masculinity– In-Group Pressure, Violence, and Self-Destruction in the Third Reich´s Elite, 1933-1945’ (2019).

BOOKS

  • (with Shelley Baranowski & Armin Nolzen), A Companion to Nazi Germany (Wiley Blackwell: Oxford, 2018); ISBN 978-1118936887, xvi + 680pp.
  • (with Paula Cowan & James Griffiths), Holocaust Education in Primary Schools in the 21st Century: Current Practices, Potentials and Ways Forward (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2018); ISBN 978-3319730981, 286 pp.
  • (with Maiken Umbach), Heimat, Region, and Empire. Spatial Identities under National Socialism (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2012); ISBN 978-0-230-39109-3, xvi + 280 pp.
  • (ed.), Rethinking History, Dictatorships and War. New Approaches and Interpretations (Continuum Books: London, 2009).
  • (with Olaf Jensen), Ordinary People as Mass  Murderers: Perpetrators in Comparative Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2008), ISBN 978-0-230-55209-9, xviii + 228 pp.
  • (with Martin L. Davies), How the Holocaust Looks Now. International Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2006); ISBN 0230001475; 312 pp.
  • Vom Traum zum Alptraum. Sachsen während der Weimarer Republik (Sächsische Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung: Dresden; Kiepenheuer Verlag: Leipzig, 2000); ISBN 3-378-01045-2; 178 pp. and 34 photos.
  • Nazism in Central Germany: The Brownshirts in ‘Red’ Saxony (Berghahn Publishers: Oxford and New York, 1999); ISBN 1-57181-942-8; xxiv + 312 pp.