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Holocaust historian to present survivors’ stories during AU’s annual Russell Lecture

Christopher Browning, a Holocaust historian, will deliver the 2011 Russell Lecture at Alfred University. His topic will be “Holocaust History, Survivors’ Stories,” which is the subject of his current research.

His talk is scheduled for Monday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. This event is open to the public free of charge.

The Russell Lecture, held annually since 1970, honors the memory of Willis Russell, former historian and department chair, who taught at Alfred University from 1926 until his retirement in 1964.

Browning is a graduate of Oberlin College and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin. He currently teaches at the University of North Carolina.

Browning is also the author of the prize-winning “Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland.” His book analyzes how German soldiers, not elite SS troops but conscripted recruits, gradually came to participate willingly—even enthusiastically—in some of World War II’s most memorable atrocities.

Each year, the Russell lectureship brings to the AU campus a nationally known historian to deliver an address. Previous Russell Lecturers have included Pulitzer Prize-winners Michael Kammen of Cornell University and Martin Sherwin of George Mason University. The Division of Human Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, sponsors the Russell Lecture.