‘Why did they kill? Revisiting the Holocaust Perpetrators’ - 10th Aubrey Newman Annual Lecture 2015

‘Why did they kill? Revisiting the Holocaust Perpetrators’ - 10th Aubrey Newman Annual Lecture 2015

Professor Christopher Browning

Series Name Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Speaker Prof. Christopher Browning (University of North Carolina)
Type Lectures & Talks
When 26 Jan 2015, 06:00PM - 07:00PM
Venue Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre Ground Floor, Henry Wellcome Building
Open To Public
For Bookings Contact Dr Alexander Korb - ak368@leicester.ac.uk

Christopher Browning, Distinguished Professor in history at the University of North Carolina, will speak at the University of Leicester on January 26, 6pm.

In his talk, Christopher Browning will revisit the perpetrators of the Holocaust 20 years after he published the seminal book Ordinary Men, which changed the way the world viewed Nazi perpetrators and which also challenged popular perceptions of why people kill.

The book sparked a global debate after the author Daniel J. Goldhagen tried to challenge Browning’s finding in his book Hitler's Willing Executioners, a debate that deepened our understanding of the Holocaust and that led to a further dissemination of Browning’s argument, that ideology was not necessarily the prime factor that made Nazi perpetrators kill.

When David Irving sued Deborah Lipstadt for libel in 2000, Browning was one of the leading witnesses for the defence. Since then Browning published several books that both deepened and challenged our understanding of the Holocaust in particular and human behaviour in general.

His last book, Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labour Camp, won the 2011 Yad Vashem International Book Prize. Christopher Browning follows an invitation by the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Research and forms part of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day activities co-organised by the Leicester City council and the Stanley Burton Centre.

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