Maurice Williams

Professor Emeritus


Research Summary

National Socialism in Central Europe; the Kettle Valley Railway in the Okanagan Valley.

Courses & Teaching

Early modern and modern Europe; German and Habsburg history; great power diplomacy in 20th century; the Kettle Valley Railway.


PhD, Texas Christian University

Research Interests & Projects

PROPAGANDA IN THE THIRD REICH:  THE VIEW OF A NAZI GAULEITER: This project is an extension of my biography on Friedrich Rainer. Rainer wrote a 250 page report on the use of propaganda in the area of his responsibility (Carinthia, Istria, northeastern Italy, and northern Slovenia).

SS-STANDARTE KURT EGGERS (Third Reich war correspondents and propagandists), Istria: This project focuses on the propaganda activities of an SS unit in the Operation Zone Adriatic Littoral in southeastern Europe. It is based upon a unique set of daily records located in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

MYRA CANYON RESEARCH PROJECT: This project is an historical/archaeological investigation of construction sites in the Myra Canyon section of the Kettle Valley Railway, Okanagan Valley.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Myra’s Men; Building the Kettle Valley Railway, Myra Canyon to Penticton.  Kelowna: Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society, 2008. 168 pages.

My Internment and Testimony at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial; The Account of Friedrich Rainer, Austrian Nazi.  Edited, Annotated, and Introduced by Maurice Williams.  Lewiston, N.Y.: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2006. 148 pages.

Gau, Volk und Reich: Friedrich Rainer und das Widersprüchliche im österreichischen Nationalsozialismus. Trans. by R. & T. Römer. In the series Archiv für Vaterländische Geschichte und Topographie.  Klagenfurt:  Verlag des Geschichtsvereines für Kärnten, 2005. 311 pages.

Gau, Volk, and Reich:  Friedrich Rainer and the Paradox of Austrian National Socialism. Klagenfurt: Verlag des Geschichtsvereines für Kärnten, 2005. 311 pages.

Selected Grants & Awards

UBC Okanagan Teaching Honour Roll, 2006-2007, 2007-2008

UBC Okanagan Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, 2009

Nominated for 2009 UBC Okanagan Award for Excellence in Research


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