Revisiting the Perpetrators: Why did they Kill?

When:24 Oct 2013, 1pm - 3pm
Venue:327 Robert Webster Building
Who:Professor Christopher Browning, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (Monash University)
Professor Christopher Browning

History Seminar

Abstract: This lecture looks first at how scholars in the past have tried to explain perpetrator motivation, culminating in the so-called “Goldhagen controversy.” It then examines both new social-psychological insights that have emerged and new empirical evidence that has been uncovered since the 1990s.

Biography: Christopher Browning is the author of eight books on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, including: Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (1992), The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939-March 1942 (with contributions from Jürgen Matthäus) (2004) and Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp (2010). Both Ordinary Men and The Origins of the Final Solution have received the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category.

Christopher Browning has been an expert witness at various trials of accused Nazi criminals in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as in the “Holocaust denial” trials of Ernst Zündel in Toronto (1988) and Irving vs. Lipstadt in London (2000). In 2006 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Browning is currently the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill.

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