Jesús Casquete: Nazis at Street Level (the SA in the Weimar Republic)
ENGLISH CORNER, CON LINDA JIMÉNEZ – This week’s trivia question: What two key issues were present in Nazi ideology from the very beginning?
Jesús Casquete is a professor of the History of Social and Political Movements and Thought at the University if the Basque Country in Spain, and fellow at the Research Centre on Anti-Semitism in Berlin. After doing post graduate studies at the New School for Social Research in New York, he has worked as a researcher or visiting professor at Humboldt University in Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, with grants from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, as well as at the Institute of Philosophy of the Spanish National Research Council. He has written several books about the social and cultural role of grassroots political movements, and recently presented his latest book, Nazis a pie de calle, or “Nazis at Street Level”, at the Centro Sefarad-Israel. This book deals with the rise of the SA, or Nazi paramilitary organization, in the early 1920s. While it is an extremely well-documented book, and even includes previously unpublished material, it has a unique structure that makes it appealing to the general public.
Dr. Casquete spoke with us about the SA assault troops and his book.