Appearing courtesy of Andy & Stuart Shatken
Peter Hayes holds degrees from Bowdoin, Oxford, and Yale and was from 1980 to 2016 Professor of History and German and from 2000 to 2016 Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor at Northwestern University. His publications have won several prizes and been translated into French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, and Spanish.
His new book is, "Why?: Explaining the Holocaust"Publishers Weekly (10/10/2016):
Peter Hayes (How Was It Possible?), professor emeritus of Holocaust studies at Northwestern University, answers eight questions relating to the Shoah in order to show that it is no less historically explicable than any other human experience. Particular themes frame the chapters, which have subtitles such as Why the Germans?, Why Didn't More Jews Fight Back More Often?, and Why Such Limited Help from Outside?
An economic historian by training, Hayes delves into the day-to-day functioning of the Nazi slave-labor system. While responding to the questions he has been most frequently asked by students over the decades, world-renowned Holocaust historian and professor Peter Hayes brings a wealth of scholarly research and experience to bear on conventional, popular views of the history, challenging some of the most prominent recent interpretations.
His acclaimed study of IG Farben, Industry and Ideology, received the Biennial Book Prize from the Conference Group for Central European History of the American Historical Association. In his monumental history of the Nazi economy entitled "The Wages of Destruction", Adam Tooze called "Industry and Ideology "the best book on IG, indeed the best book on business in the Third Reich." Hayes has long supported the work of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, notably in preparing "How Was It Possible? A Holocaust Reader" and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he currently chairs the Academic Committee. Also an award-winning teacher, he lectures widely on German and Holocaust history in the United States and abroad.