2014 Lecture featuring Christopher R. Browning
The 2014 John O’Sullivan Memorial Lecture featured Christopher R. Browning, one of the most distinguished scholars of the Holocaust. Dr. Browning is famous for his groundbreaking works "Ordinary Men" and the "Origins of the Final Solution". His talk was entitled "Hitler and the Decisions for the Final Solution," and was held on Wednesday, October 29 in FAU's University Theatre on the Boca Raton campus.
He focused on the Nazi decision and policy making in regard to the origins of the Final Solution, the behavior and motives of various middle and lower echelon personnel involved in implementing Nazi Jewish policy, and the use of survivor testimony to explore Jewish responses and survival strategies. The audience of 400 included members of the O'Sullivan family, History Department faculty, donors and alumni and FAU students.
The mission of the John O'Sullivan Memorial Lectureship has been to provide students, secondary school teachers, faculty, and public guests the opportunity to hear a lecture by a distinguished historian who has published in a field of twentieth-century U.S. history relevant to Dr. O'Sullivan's own interest and specialties. Over the years the lectureship has hosted scholars of World War II, the Vietnam War, the nuclear age, the Holocaust, modern American culture, and post-1945 political and diplomatic history. Dr. O'Sullivan was a longtime faculty member and former chair of FAU's History Department before his death in 2000.