From Humanitarian Relief to Holocaust Rescue: The Story of Tracy Strong Jr., lecture by Christopher R. Browning, UNC-Chapel Hill
April 25, 2017
Waterman Building, Memorial Lounge (338)
From Humanitarian Relief to Holocaust Rescue: The Story of Tracy Strong Jr.
Lecture by Christopher R. Browning, University of NorthCarolina at Chapel Hill
Tracy Strong Jr. was a 26-year old American living in Geneva, Switzerland, when he volunteered to serve as a humanitarian relief worker in the internment camps in southern France where the Vichy government had ordered recent refugees--mostly Jews from central Europe--to be detained. Soon Strong realized that it was more important to get prisoners out of these camps than to improve conditions within the camps,and he set out on an innovative path that made him a rare American Holocaust rescuer.
Christopher R. Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History Emeritus from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to taking up that position in 1999, he taught for 25 years at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He is the author of 8books, including Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland; The Origins of the Final Solution; and RememberingSurvival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp. He has served as an expert witness in various trials of accused Nazi perpetrators as well as in the Holocaust denial trials of Ernst Zuendel in Toronto (1988) and David Irving vs.Deborah Lipstadt in London (2000). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
This lecture will honor the retirement of Francis R. Nicosia from UVM
Supported by the Richard Ader/Paul Konigsberg Endowment for the UVM Center for Holocaust Studies