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January 14 @ 7:00 pm
Dr. Martin Shichtman’s talk explicitly addresses how the medieval continues to be an influence in the modern world. He will focus on Wewelsburg castle, a seventeenth-century palace remodeled by Heinrich Himmler to be a center for what Himmler envisioned as a new breed of Germanic warrior, with architectural symbolism and decorative imagery drawn from medieval Arthurian literature. Shichtman’s talk will also address the attraction of Wewelsburg (now a museum) and its medievalism for neo-Nazis today.