A Richard Smith Lecture in Cultural Studies: Hitler and the Holocaust

Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 7:00pm

Whitsett Room | Sierra Hall 451

This event is free of charge.

Refreshments will be served.

Reception and book signing immediately following talk.


Hitler and the Holocaust: A Richard Smith LectureAbout this Event

The CSUN College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to present A Richard W. Smith Lecture in Culture Studies with special guest, Dr. Richard A. Koenigsberg. Psychologist, historian and leading authority on Hitler and Nazism, Dr. Koenigsberg will discuss his most influential work, "Nations Have the Right to Kill: Hitler, the Holocaust and War."

For more information call 818.677.4035 or email csbsevents@csun.edu.

About Richard A. Koenigsberg

Richard Koenigsberg received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research and formerly taught at the New School. For the past 40 years, Dr. Koenigsberg has been writing and lecturing on the psychological sources of war and genocide. He is the author of four books, numerous papers and articles, and has lectured extensively throughout the United States.

 About Nations Have the Right to Kill

Well over 200 million people died in the Twentieth Century as a result of actions undertaken by nations. What drives societies toward violent political conflicts that result in massive destruction and self-destruction? Focusing on the case of Hitler and Nazism, Nations Have the Right to Kill examines the ideas and ideologies that generate warfare and genocide.

Why did Hitler believe that it was necessary to destroy the Jewish race? What was the purpose and meaning of this extraordinary project that the Nazis called “The Final Solution?” Richard Koenigsberg shows how genocide grew out of the logic of warfare. Hitler reasoned that if he had the right to sacrifice his soldiers, he also had the right to send Jews to their deaths.

Once having attained power as Chancellor of Germany, Hitler—who had fought in the First World War—began planning a Second World War. He declared that if millions of Germans had to perish in the next war, he would not shrink from making this sacrifice. But then Hitler reflected: If the leader of a great nation has the right to send its “best” people to their deaths—its own soldiers—why does this leader not also have the right to send the “worst” people to die?

Genocide and Warfare were two sides of the same coin: A massive sacrificial project requiring that everyone die for Germany. Richard Koenigsberg shows that Hitler waged war based on the wish for the annihilation—not only of the Jews—but of himself, his nation and the German people.

Accommodation Requests

Communication services (sign language interpreters, note takers) are available for this event. Requests for services must be submitted at least five (5) working days in advance. Please contact csbsevents@csun.edu by March 11th, 2023.


Parking is $9.50 per vehicle at Information Booth #2 at Prairie Street and Darby Avenue.