First-hand Accounts as Historical Evidence: Two Talks by Professor Christopher Browning (Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina, Department of History)
PART ONE: 3 P.M. LECTURE Survivor Testimony
Though the accounts survivors delivered at Adolf Eichmann’s trial powerfully shaped public memory, historians remained wary of using survivor testimony as evidence. However, in some instances—such as the Starachowice factory slave labor camps—survivor testimony is the sole evidence of the atrocities that took place.
This talk will be introduced and moderated by Professor Cheryl Bader, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University.
PART TWO: 7 P.M. LECTURE | Perpetrator Testimony
While in Argentina, Adolf Eichmann espoused Nazi ideology; his presentations were preserved on the “Sassen tapes.” Before and during his trial in Israel, Eichmann was interrogated by Avner Less. He sent notes to his attorney, wrote his autobiography, and testified in court. Finally, on death row, Eichmann tried to reshape his legacy with extensive writings that were kept secret in Israel until 2000.
This talk will be introduced and moderated by Professor James A. Cohen, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University.
Two talks at one price: $12 general, $10 Museum members, $5 students