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by Dr. Waitman Wade Beorn, Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, UNO

On Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., the Department of History at UNO and the Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Education Fund will be hosting Professor Browning, emeritus professor of history at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Professor Browning is one of the foremost experts on the Holocaust in the world.

Professor Christopher Browning

Professor Christopher Browning

Professor Christopher Browning is Professor Emeritus from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He received his BA from Oberlin College and his MA/PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prof. Browning is the author of several award winning books and has He has written extensively about three issues: first, Nazi decision- and policy-making in regard to the origins of the Final Solution; second, the behavior and motives of various middle- and lower-echelon personnel involved in implementing Nazi Jewish policy; and thirdly, the use of survivor testimony to explore Jewish responses and survival strategies. He is the author of Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland. This path-breaking work spawned an intensive scholarly debate which continues to influence our understanding of the Holocaust today. In addition, Prof. Browning has served as an expert witness in two trials of Holocaust deniers and consults with various agencies in their search for Nazi perpetrators.

Professor Browning will discuss his work as the 16th Annual Richard Dean Winchell History keynote speaker. He will be speaking on the topic of survivor testimony from the Starachowice factory slave labor camps in Poland which formed the foundation for his award winning book, Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp. This book won the Yad Vashem Book Prize in 2012 as well as the National Jewish Book Award in 2011.

Drawing on the rich testimony of survivors of the Starachowice slave-labor camps, Christopher R. Browning examines the experiences and survival strategies of the Jewish prisoners and the policies and personnel of the Nazi guard. From the killings in the market square in 1942 through the succession of brutal camp regimes, there are stories of heroism, of corruption and retribution, of desperate choices forced on husbands and wives, parents and children. In the end, the ties of family and neighbor are the sinews of survival.                                          -WW Norton and Co.

“A scholarly, nuanced micro history of a Nazi slave-labor camp…. The text is all the more powerful because the author avoids dramatization or overwrought polemics…. An important addition to Holocaust studies, evoking the small band of survivors who remembered.”                                                                          — Kirkus Reviews

“There can be no doubt…of the essential truth of this story, a small one when viewed against everything else that happened in that dreadful time, but an important and revealing one, exceptionally well told in Remembering Survival.”                                                                                     — Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

Professor Browning will give his keynote lecture on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Milo Bail Ballroom (room 207) on the campus of UNO. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer period with Professor Browning.