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Annual Kann Lecture: Arnold Suppan

Date: 09/13/2010

Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Location: 120 Twin Cities,Elmer L. Andersen Library,West Bank

Cost: Free


26th Annual Robert A. Kann Memorial Lecture, September 13, 2010

"The Nazi Occupation Policies in Bohemia and Serbia: A comparison"

In the 26th annual Kann Memorial Lecture, Arnold Suppan, professor of East European history at the University of Vienna and secretary general of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, will examine the comparisons and contrasts between the Nazi occupation policies in Bohemia and Serbia during World War II. In the Czech lands of Bohemia and Moravia, the Nazis saw a highly industrialized and urbanized region of Central Europe which had strong historic ties to German-speaking Central Europe and whose population offered little armed resistance. In contrast, parts of the Serbian population mounted considerable opposition to the Nazi occupation forces. While Serbia had great strategic value for the Axis war effort in the Balkans, it lay beyond the primary targets of Nazi imperial expansion.

Prof. Suppan was born in St. Veit an der Glan in Carinthia, Austria, attended gymnasium in Klagenfurt, and took his doctorate in East European history at the University of Vienna in 1970. In 1971 he began service as an Assistant in the Institute for East European History at the University of Vienna, and he became full professor there in 2000. He was elected a full member and head of the Historical Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2003. In 2009, Prof. Suppan was chosen to be secretary general of the Academy. He is the author of numerous articles and books on the history of modern Austria and East-Central and Southeastern Europe, most notably Die österreichischen Volksgruppen. Tendenzen ihrer gesellschaftlichen Entwicklung im
20. Jahrhundert (Wien 1983); and Jugoslawien und Österreich 1918-1938. Außenpolitik im europäischen Umfeld (Wien -München 1996).

A reception will be held following Professor Suppan's presentation in honor of Gary B. Cohen, who was director of the Center for Austrian Studies for nine years and has accepted the position of Chair of the Department of History effective July 1, 2010.



  • Name: Center for Austrian Studies
  • E-mail: casahy@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612 624 9811
  • Sponsored by: Austrian Studies, Global Studies, European Studies Consortium, German and European Studies Center, Immigration History Research Center, University Libraries


Parking is available in the 19th Avenue ramp and the 21st Avenue ramp on the west bank.

More information: http://cas.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Center for Austrian Studies, 612 624 9811.

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