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   from the issue of March 25, 2004

Lecture to address change of Nazi policy in WWII

Speaker wrote first book in NU Press’ new series on the Holocaust


Christopher R. Browning, Holocaust expert and professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will speak on the evolution of Nazi policy regarding Jews in World War II at 7:30 p.m. April 8 at the Great Plains Art Gallery, Hewit Place, 1155 Q St. The talk is free and open to the public.

In his book, The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939 - March 1942, Browning addresses when, why and under what circumstances the leaders of Nazi Germany decided to murder millions of European Jews.

The book is the inaugural volume of a major new series, “The Comprehensive History of the Holocaust,” published by the University of Nebraska Press in association with Yad Vashem, the Holocaust commemoration and research authority of the State of Israel. The book will be for sale at the event.

Browning’s lecture will summarize the thesis of his book, placing the origins of the Holocaust in the context of Nazi racism, the German conquest of Eastern Europe and the development of World War II.

Browning is Frank Porter Graham professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill. His previous books include Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers; The Path to Genocide: Essays on Launching the Final Solution; Fateful Months: Essays on the Emergence of the Final Solution; The Final Solution and the German Foreign Office; and Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland, which received the National Jewish Book Award and has been translated into five languages. Browning has been a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, has served as the Shapiro senior visiting scholar at the United States Holocaust Museum, and has delivered the George Macaulay Trevelyan lectures at the University of Cambridge.

The lecture is sponsored by the Henry and Gretl Wald Lectureship Fund, the Norman and Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies, and the University of Nebraska Press.

Publication of the “Comprehensive History of the Holocaust” by the University of Nebraska Press is made possible by a gift from the Ike and Roz Friedman Family Foundation of Omaha.



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