Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Leila Mansouri

Reader 2

Jonathan Petropoulos

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“Surrounded by Lights” explores the indoctrination of a society under Hitler’s control into the radical beliefs of Nazism, drawing from the author’s own familial history, as well as secondary sources. The result is the tale of a young girl named Greta who is growing up in the Banat region (an outpost of Germany) during World War II. Greta struggles to cope with the absence of her father, especially in moments of displayed violence initiated by the Reich.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.