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Tip Sheet

For immediate use

Sept. 21, 2007

UNC experts can help reporters, critics, with ‘The War’

Ken Burns’ World War II documentary series, “The War,” will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 23) on PBS.

UNC experts, all in the College of Arts and Sciences, and their contact information are:

Christopher Browning, Ph.D., Frank Porter Graham distinguished professor of history, has researched, written and taught about the Holocaust for more than 35 years. He has published seven books in the field of Holocaust studies, including two that have been awarded the National Jewish Book Award. He has taught undergraduate seminars on life and death in the Polish ghettos and been an expert witness at various war crimes and Holocaust denial trials.

In 1996, and again in 2002, Browning was a senior visiting scholar at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Drawing on nearly 265 survivor testimonies, Browning is researching and writing a history of Nazi factory slave labor camps for Jewish workers in Starachowice, a small industrial town in central Poland.

Browning is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He can be reached at (919) 962-2371, cbrownin@email.unc.edu.

Richard H. Kohn, Ph.D., professor of history and of peace, war and defense,
specializes in American military history, emphasizing national security and military policy, strategy, the American experience with war-making and connections between war, the military and American society. His longterm research project is a study of presidential war leadership in American history from the 1790s to today. He can be reached at (919) 962-9700, rhkohn@unc.edu.

Wayne E. Lee, Ph.D., associate professor of history, teaches courses including “Global History of Warfare” and “National and International Security.” His publications include the article, “Mind and Matter: Cultural Analysis in American Military History: A Look at the State of the Field,” published this year in the Journal of American History. He also specializes in early modern military history, focusing on North America and the Atlantic realm. Lee is most easily reached via e-mail at wlee@unc.edu.

Gerhard Weinberg, Ph.D., William Rand Kenan Jr. professor of history emeritus, is a leading authority on Adolf Hitler and the author of 10 books, including “A World at Arms: a Global History of World War II,” which is widely regarded as the best single-volume history of World War II. Weinberg discovered in an old torpedo factory and translated the manuscript for what was to be Hitler’s second book, the sequel to “Mein Kampf.” Read more about Weinberg at http://research.unc.edu/endeavors/spr2005/weinberg.php. He can be reached at (919) 563-4224, gweinber@email.unc.edu.

College of Arts and Sciences contact: Kim Spurr, (919) 962-4093, spurrk@email.unc.edu
News Services contact (broadcast): Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595, karen_moon@unc.edu