The Hugo Valentin Centre

The Hugo Valentin Lecture 2017: Christopher R. Browning

The XVth Annual Hugo Valentin Lecture was delivered by Professor Emeritus Christopher R. Browning from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on 16 March at 17:00 (venue: Brusewitz Hall, Östra Ågatan 19).

Browning is one of the most renowned scholars of the Holocaust with Ordinary Men: Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (1992) as his most well-known study. In the analysis, Browning showed that under certain conditions five hundred ordinary men from the "Police Battalion 101" chose to carry out mass murder of Jewish men, women and children although they initially were given the chance to opt out.

Browning has researched a great number of aspects relating to the organization and implementation of the Final Solution, with a paritcular interest in micro-level dynamics, individual fates and testimonies. His important contributions to the field include The Path to Genocide (1992), Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers (2000), Collected Memories: Holocaust History and Postwar Testimony (2003), The Origins of the Final Solution (2004). His more recent study, Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp (2010) is a close analysis of the Starachowice labour camp in Poland, which was also the subject of tonight's lecture entitled "Surviving Slave Labor: The Factory Complex at the Starachowice Camp ".

Browning has worked and taught at institutions such as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton and Hebrew University. He has also served as an expert witness in trials regarding war crimes and Holocaust denial, including in the high-profile libel case of David Irving and Deborah Lipstadt in London in 2000. The trial was filmed recently with the title "Denial".