Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Philosopher-Spy who Cracked the Holocaust Code

Friday, February 8, 2019 -
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Location: Gerald Schwartz School of Business, Schwartz 152
Event Type: Presentation

In the mid 1930s, the Canadian philosopher Winthrop Bell was commissioned by British military intelligence to write a series of reports on the political, economic, and social situation in Germany. Professor Jason Bell of the Department of Philosophy at the University of New Brunswick will give a public lecture on this enigmatic figure.

This talk will explore these reports, their relation to Bell’s 1939 warnings of Hitler’s plans for racial exterminations (which appear to be the earliest published warnings), and how philosophical considerations informed these accounts. The talk will suggest ways in which these reports can inform military intelligence in the present day, while reinforcing Canada’s role as a peacekeeping nation and as a defender of human rights.

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