Presented by Troy Gillan, PhD Candidate, History
This is an HDR confirmation seminar in History. All welcome.


German business firms are infamous for their collaboration with the Third Reich during World War 2 – their use of forced labour and being an integral part of the Nazi war machine. They have also been accused of helping to bring the Nazis to power, and sustaining them once in power.

But the relationship between business and the Third Reich was more complex. Business was neither passive victim nor puppet master, and its relationship with the Nazi Party and regime developed considerably over time.

This seminar explores the circumstances that German business found itself in Germany from 1932 to the end of 1935, and some key factors impacting on German business during this period.