Johannes Koll is Lecturer in history, Institute for Economic and Social History, Vienna University of Economics and Business.
In his presentation Johannes Koll will give a résumé of a research project on the biography of the Austrian lawyer and politician Arthur Seyss-Inquart (1892-1946). Particular focus of the talk will be Seyss-Inquart’s route from Great German nationalism to National Socialism and on his career within the Third Reich. By which means did Seyss-Inquart manage to ‘survive’ in the polycratic structures of the National Socialist regime? In what ways did he contribute to the gradual destruction of the Czechoslovak Republic? What is his role in the history of Hitler’s Germany, Austria, the General Government in Poland and the occupied Netherlands from the 1930s to his execution in 1946? By concentrating on the life and political activities of Seyss-Inquart, the presentation will attempt to shed fresh light on one of the hitherto neglected prominent perpetrators of the Third Reich.