Holocaust Historian Robert Bernheim '86 to Deliver Spindel Lecture Feb. 25

Story posted February 11, 2008

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Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Michael Klahr Center, University of Maine–Augusta

Robert Bernheim '86, executive director of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine at the University of Maine at Augusta, will deliver the Harry Spindel Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2008, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

Bernheim's talk is titled "Putting History to Work: One Holocaust Historian's Long Winter from Moscow to Maine." The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.

Bernheim graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1986 with a double major in German and European history. He then spent 11 years as a high school history and German teacher in Maine and Vermont, finishing his master's degree program at Goddard College in 1992.

After completing a Ph.D. in modern German history at McGill University in Montreal, Bernheim taught Holocaust history, modern German and European history, Jewish history, and military history at Middlebury College and the University of Vermont. While at UVM, he also served as the interim director of the Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies.

He is the co-editor, with Dr. David Scrase, of a forthcoming volume on Jewish Life and Nazi Germany (2008, Berghahn Books), and he is completing work on a manuscript for the University of Nebraska Press on The Anatomy of Criminality on the Eastern Front: The German Army and the Commissar Order.

Rosalyne Spindel Bernstein and Sumner Bernstein established Bowdoin College's Harry Spindel Memorial Lectureship in Judaic studies and contemporary Jewish affairs in 1977 in memory of Mrs. Bernstein's father, Harry Spindel, as a lasting testimony to his lifelong devotion to Jewish learning. Past speakers and presenters have included Tony Kushner, Art Spiegelman, James Carroll, Lucy Dawidowicz, Irving Howe, Arthur Hertzberg, Grace Paley, Elizabeth Holtzman, Barney Frank, Michael Walzer, Daniel Boyarin, Sandi DuBowski, and Susannah Heschel.

Should inclement weather force the postponement of Bernheim's lecture, it will be held on Tuesday, February 26.

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