Date of Defense

Spring 2010



First Advisor

Dr. Kenneth Steuer


Ms. Braman, a recent Honors graduate of the WMU History program, used material from the Western Michigan University Libraries Special Collections and Rare Book Room's Edwin W. Polk and Howard Mowen N.S.D.A.P. Collection to examine the coverage of the final solution in popular publications controlled by the Nazi Party. She took HIST 3616: European History, 1914-1945 with Dr. Kenneth Steuer in Fall 2008 and completed an intensive-writing research paper on “German Media and the Final Solution.” This research paper became the basis for her honors thesis. Ms. Braman collected primary materials while attending the University of Bonn in Germany in a WMU Study Abroad Program in Spring 2009. She successfully defended her final product in Spring 2010. During the summer of 2010, she worked with her senior thesis director, Dr. Kenneth Steuer and library staff to select and describe the visual material to illustrate the digital version of her thesis.

This study is based on her complete thesis and is accompanied by digital photographs from the Edwin W. Polk and Howard Mowen N.S.D.A.P. Collections which illustrate Ms. Braman’s argument and which can be enlarged to examine the images in detail. She provided translations and captions. Technical assistance was provided by the Department of Special Collections and Rare Books at Western Michigan University, WMU Libraries Digitization Center (which photographed the materials) and the WMU Libraries Cataloging and Metadata Department (which created searchable indexing for the images).

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access