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November Pogrom (Kristallnacht) Remembered
9 November @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Tracy Strong Jr. was a 26-year-old American serving as a relief worker in the Vichy internment camps for foreigners in southern France in 1941-42. When he realised the need to get internees out of the camps rather than improve their conditions in the camps, he worked with Paster Trocme and others to establish the second “safe house” in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and obtained the release of young internees, mostly Jewish refugees from Central Europe, from the notorious camps at Gurs and Rivesaltes. When the deportations from France began, these Jews were able to escape to Switzerland, while those who remained in the camps were deported to Drancy and then on to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Dr. Cristopher Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). A specialist on the Holocaust, Browning is the author of nine books, including Ordinary Men (1992) and The Origins of the Final Solution (2004).