3/3 TALK | Christopher Browning - From Humanitarian Relief to Holocaust Rescue: Tracy Strong Jr by Stroum Center for Jewish Studies published on 2020-03-04T23:03:39Z Dr. Christopher Browning, visiting faculty in the University of Washington's Department of History, explains how individuals and organizations mobilized to rescue refugees in Nazi-occupied France through the story of aid worker-turned-rescuer Tracy Strong, Jr. Born in Seattle in 1915, Tracy Strong, Jr. served as a humanitarian relief worker in the Vichy internment camps for “undocumented” refugees, primarily Jews from central Europe, in southern France from 1941-42. Convinced that the most important goal should be to get people out of the camps, not improve life in the camps, Strong set up one of the first “safe houses” for refugees in the French rescue village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon. His story illustrates how individuals, working together with community and organizational networks, were able to oppose Nazi policies and save lives in World War II, and offers insights into how concerned citizens can organize to resist inhumane policies today. Christopher R. Browning is the Frank Porter Graham Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was formerly on the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. He has published nine books on the Holocaust, including “Ordinary Men,” “Origins of the Final Solution,” and “Remembering Survival,” all of which won the National Jewish Book Award. He is currently a visiting instructor for the University of Washington’s Department of History.