Renowned Holocaust historian lectures on the role of humanitarian relief in the rescue of Jewish refugees in Southern France

November 10, 2016

 

October 24, 2016 Media Release
For more information contact the Museum at 503-226-3600 ext. 101 email media@ojmche.org
Lecture by Christopher Browning— From Humanitarian Relief to Holocaust Rescue: Tracy Strong Jr. and the Fate of Jewish refugees in Southern France 
November 10, 7pm, Smith Ballroom, Portland State University, 1825 SW Broadway Free and Open to the Public
Sponsored by Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project at PSU
Renowned Holocaust historian lectures on the role of humanitarian relief in the rescue of Jewish refugees in Southern France
This year the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education is collaborating with the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project at PSU on an exploration of themes of global migrations and refugees from both a historical as well as a present day perspective. As part of this programming, renowned Holocaust historian Christopher Browning will give a lecture at PSU on November 10 titled From Humanitarian Relief to Holocaust Rescue: Tracy Strong Jr. and the Fate of Jewish refugees in Southern France. 
In 1940, Tracy Strong left the relative safety of America to help students displaced by the war in Europe to continue their studies through his work with the European Student Relief Fund. While uncomfortable with the title "hero," Strong's efforts to sustain an educational safe haven ultimately proved life saving for many young Jews. 
Christopher Browning is best known for his 1992 book Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland. The book is a study of German Ordnungspolizei (Order Police) Reserve Unit 101, which was used to commit massacres and round-ups of Jews for deportations to the Nazi death camps in German-occupied Poland in 1942. 
In speaking with OJMCHE on his many years of scholarly study of the Holocaust and its lessons, Browning said, “ I think study of the Holocaust illuminates a number of basic problems concerning the vulnerabilities of Western, Judeo-Christian civilization to succumb to antithetical movements, the dangerous potential of the nation-state to mobilize people not only to accomplish good but also great evil, and the tendencies or weaknesses of human nature that make us susceptible to doing harm.”
Christopher R. Browning was the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill until his retirement in May 2014. Previously he taught for 25 years at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He is the author of eight books and has served as an expert witness in war crimes trials in Australia, Canada, and Great Britain and has also served as an expert witness in two Holocaust denial cases.
The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education has recently moved into new facilities at 724 NW Davis Street and administrative offices are open. The Grand Opening of the museum is scheduled for June 2017. During the ensuing months while the museum is closed, OJMCHE is participating in collaborative public programming across the city. Founded in 1990, the mission of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education is to interpret the Oregon Jewish experience, explore the lessons of the Holocaust and foster intercultural conversations. www.ojmche.org
      
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