Ulrich Herbert is a professor of history at the University of Freiburg and the author of the most thoroughly researched biography on Werner Best, the Third Reich's Plenipotentiary in Denmark between 1942-1945.
00:15 As an historian, what drew you to Werner Best?
01:35 How would you characterize Werner Best?
02:40 What was Werner Best's philosophy?
03:56 Why did Werner Best change his mode of opeation when he came to Denmark?
05:46 How did he earn the nickname "The Butcher of Paris"?
07:37 So who was "the Butcher of Paris"?
10:22 Can we learn anything about Werner Best's character and philosophies from his past war activities?
11:41 How do we reconcile the differing complexities of Werner Best's character?
13:13 Could Werner Best have personally warned Jews about the impending round-up?
14:09 Do you hold stock in the rumors that he personally saved Jews in Denmark?
15:21 Are there stories of Werner Best befrieinding Jews in France?