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Peter Hayes

Historian and scholar

Peter Hayes is Professor of History and German and the Theodore Z. Weiss-Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor of Holocaust Studies at Northwestern University, where he has taught since 1980.

Professor Hayes is the author or editor of eight booksincluding the prize-winning titles, Industry and Ideology: IG Farben in the Nazi Era (Cambridge University Press, 1987; new edition, 2000) and Lessons and Legacies: The Meaning of the Holocaust in a Changing World (Northwestern University Press, 1991), the recently published From Cooperation to Complicity: Degussa in the Third Reich (Cambridge/Beck) and the forthcoming Profits and Persecution: German Big Business and the Holocaust (Cambridge/Beck) as well as of numerous articles and reviews.  He serves on the academic advisory board of the German Society for Business History and on the Academic Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.  He has held fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Social Science Research Council, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and in 1997-98, he was the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Senior Scholar in Residence at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Peter Hayes earned his Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude at Bowdoin College, and later served as the youngest person ever named to the school’s Board of Overseers.  Awarded a Keasbey Scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, he followed up his M.A. there with a term as Henry Luce Scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. in modern German history from Yale.

Professor Hayes lectures on corporate complicity in the Holocaust, German big business and the Holocaust, and the future of the Holocaust.  He lives in the Chicago area.


Corporate Complicity in the Holocaust
German Big Banks the Holocaust
The Future of the Holocaust

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