Maurice Williams

williams Dr. Maurice Williams
Professor of History
The University of British Columbia
3333 University Way
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1V 1V7

Office: ART243
Phone: (250) 807-9332

Modern Europe, Germany and Austria, National Socialism, Okanagan Valley 


  • Ph.D., Texas Christian University

2012/13 Academic Year Teaching

HIST 115 Contemporary World from 1900 to World War II
Study of the decline of Europe and the emergence of the contemporary world from 1900 to World War II.

HIST 408 History of the Hapsburg Monarchy

Recent Publications

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.

Current Research

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.  

Recent 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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