Poughkeepsie, NY (February 2005) — World-renowned historian Christopher Browning will give a public lecture entitled "Survivor Testimonies and Holocaust History" at Vassar College on Wednesday, February 9 at 6:00 PM in Taylor 203. Professor Browning will talk about the challenges historians have faced in creating historical narratives of the murder of Europe's Jews. The exceptionality and incomprehensible nature of the Holocaust challenged the skill of even the most accomplished historians—despite overwhelming availability of archival sources—to place this event in the course of human history.
Christopher Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. A world-renowned scholar, he is the author of seven books on the Holocaust, including Ordinary Men, The Path to Genocide, and Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers. Many of his books have been translated into German, French, Italian, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch. In the spring of 2001 he delivered the first George Mosse Lecture at the University of Wisconsin, which are being published as Collected Memories: Holocaust History and Postwar Testimony. Professor Browning is the winner of prestigious National Jewish Book Award and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College.
In addition to his academic publications, Professor Browning has served as a consultant for the Department of Justice, Canada; the Commonwealth Office of Public Prosecution, Australia; the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum War Crimes Branch; the Crown Prosecution Service, Great Britain and the Office of Special Investigations, Justice Department, USA. He has also given expert witness testimony in court in several cases, including Crown vs. Zundel and Crown vs. Kisluk in Canada, Crown vs. Serafimovich, Crown vs. Sawoniuk, and David Irving vs. Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt in the United Kingdom, and the Department of Justice vs. Wagner in Australia.