Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ryan Farrell wins Professor Detlef Mühlberger Prize for the best MA dissertation

Wednesday, 18 December 2013


Ryan Farrell is this year's winner of the Professor Detlef Mühlberger Prize for the best MA dissertation. Ryan’s dissertation examined the life of SS-Hauptsturmführer Dr Waldemar Hoven, who from 1939 until 1943 served in the medical division at Buchenwald concentration camp. Utilizing the format of a biography, the thesis documents a series of seminal life events, including Hoven’s pre-war experiences, participation in coercive human research, and involvement in a variety of extra-professional criminal activities.  Ultimately, Hoven is shown to be an ideal representative of the vicious diversity that characterized the Nazi worldview in both theory and practice. A copy of Ryan's dissertation will be lodged in the Oxford Brookes University library in the New Year.