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Laurence Rees

Laurence Rees

I founded WW2History.com because I wanted to provide an accessible and authoritative multimedia history of World War Two for the web.

I hope you find it is of use.

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Biography

Laurence Rees is the founder, writer and producer of the website WW2History.com, which won 'Best in Class' awards in both the Education and Reference categories at the 2011 Interactive Media Awards. He is also a former Head of BBC TV History programmes.

For the last twenty years he has specialized in writing books and making television documentaries about both the Second World War and the Third Reich. His work includes the BBC television series and books: 'Nazis: a Warning from History'; 'War of the Century'; 'Horror in the East'; 'Auschwitz, the Nazis and the 'Final Solution''; and 'World War Two: Behind Closed Doors.'

His latest book, 'The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler', was published in September 2012, and the documentary series of the same name which he wrote, produced and directed, transmitted on BBC Television during November 2012.

In 2006 he won the British Book Award for history book of the year for 'Auschwitz: the Nazis and the 'Final Solution''. His many television awards include a BAFTA, a Grierson Award, a Broadcasting Press Guild Award, a BANFF festival award, an International Documentary Award, a Broadcast Award and a George Foster Peabody Award.

Awards
Some of the awards won by Laurence Rees

In 2005 he gave the annual public lecture at the House of Lords for the Holocaust Educational Trust, and also in 2005, he presented an analysis of his work - 'Inside the Nazi State' - on UK TV History.

Laurence Rees was educated at Solihull School and Oxford University. He left the BBC in 2008, and in 2009 he was appointed a Senior Visiting Fellow in the International History Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London University.

He was awarded an honorary doctorate for services to history by the University of Sheffield in 2005; and in New York in 2009 he received the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' from 'History Makers', the worldwide congress of Historical and Current Affairs programme makers.

In April, 2011, at the Barbican in London, he received an honorary doctorate from the Open University for services to Arts and Sciences.

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Laurence Rees

Laurence Rees

Laurence Rees interview

Read a candid interview with Laurence Rees in which he talks about his experience meeting Nazi perpetrators and gives more background on WW2History.com.

Quotes about Laurence Rees and his work

  • Scholars across the world owe a considerable debt of gratitude to Laurence Rees for his immense and unique contribution to historical understanding.

    From the citation awarding Laurence Rees an Honorary Doctorate, University of Sheffield.
  • Rees's research is impeccable and intrepid.

    David Von Drehle, Washington Post, reviewing 'Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'.'
  • Rees knows a vast amount about the Second World War and his judgments can seldom be faulted.

    Sir Max Hastings, Sunday Times.
  • One of the greatest documentary series of all time.

    Daily Mail review of Laurence Rees's 'The Nazis: A Warning from History.'
  • Thank God... that occasionally books of the stature of Laurence Rees's superb Auschwitz are published.

    Andrew Roberts, Evening Standard.
  • A lasting contribution to our understanding of the Second World War and a powerful insight into the behaviour of human beings in crisis.

    The Independent review of Laurence Rees's 'Their Darkest Hour'.
  • A gripping portrait of an entire nation under the sway of evil.

    Guardian review of Laurence Rees' 'The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler' BBC TV.
  • As a writer, producer and director, he has made a particularly outstanding contribution to our understanding of one key period in history: the Second World War… Laurence Rees has ensured we have a history that we can all learn from today.

    From the citation awarding Laurence Rees an Honorary Doctorate, the Open University.
  • Laurence Rees, who has made so many classic TV histories... returns with this hugely impressive six parter.

    Daily Mail review of 'World War Two: Behind Closed Doors'.
  • Laurence Rees has done more for good history on television in this country than anyone else.

    Antony Beevor, the Daily Telegraph.
  • Laurence Rees is currently producing the best documentaries ever made about the Nazi era.

    Clive James, 'Revolt of the Pendulum: Selected Essays 2005-2008'.
  • Rees remains at heart a serious historian... Rees is one of the few people - perhaps the only one - who has met and interviewed at length not only hundreds of people who suffered from the barbarities of World War Two right across the globe but also, crucially, many of the perpetrators. All this has given Rees a comparative, cross-cultural perspective on the horrors of the war that no academic could match.

    Daniel Snowman, from his profile of Laurence Rees in 'Historians' a collection of essays from 'History Today' on Britain's leading historians.
  • With forensic calm and devastating power, Laurence Rees's [Auschwitz] series analysed one of the foremost horrors of the 20th century. A rare example of television that will benefit future generations as much as our own.

    David Chater, The Times, December 2009 - in a review of the decade's top TV programmes.
  • Another stunning slice of history from Laurence Rees.

    Daily Telegraph review of Laurence Rees's 'Horror in the East' BBC TV.
  • This magnificent book... exciting and disturbing at the same time.

    Rafael Nunez Florencio, El Mundo, Spain, reviewing 'Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'.'
  • This superb series.

    Daily Mail review of Laurence Rees' 'The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler' BBC TV.
  • In this wonderfully readable and sensitively balanced book, Laurence Rees tells a depressing and ugly story, but one that badly needed to be told.

    Adam Zamoyski, reviewing 'World War II: Behind Closed Doors'.
  • Chilling... an important read.

    Financial Times review of Laurence Rees' 'Their Darkest Hour.'
  • Masterfully written and produced by Laurence Rees with equal parts tenacity, intelligence, and integrity... It's a remarkable achievement, as important as Shoah as a definitive exploration of one of the darkest chapters in human history.

    Jeff Shannon's review of 'Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'' on PBS.

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