Academic Discussions & Lectures

Christopher Browning's Lecture on the Use of Testimony in Genocide Research

Language: English

Christopher Browning, the 2018 Sara and Asa Shapiro Scholar in Residence at USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research, talks about the changing attitudes about witness testimony and how the process of gathering it has changed since the end of World War II.

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