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Yom HaShoah Commemoration & Presentation with Deborah Hertz, Ph.D.


Wednesday, April 7th • 6:30 pm • Zoom

In the 19th century, Germany was among the most progressive countries in the world and a place of refuge for Jews. Less than a century later, this country became the epicenter of the worst genocide the world has ever known. How did this happen? How do countries that are beacons of tolerance, liberty, and progress become nations that commit such atrocities? Could this happen again?

Professor of German-Jewish history, Deborah Hertz, Ph.D., of the University of California, San Diego's Judaic Studies Program will examine these questions on a somber and fascinating presentation as we remember the Holocaust and work to ensure that genocide does not occur again.

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Deborah Hertz was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1949 and graduated from Highland Park Senior High School in 1967. She attended New York University for two years and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for her junior year abroad in 1969–70. She then returned to the United States and graduated with a major in humanities, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1971. She remained at the University of Minnesota and received her PhD in German history in 1979.

After a year of teaching at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, she moved to the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1979 and remained there until 1996. In that year she accepted a position at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. In 2003, Hertz was offered the Herman Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies at the University of California San Diego, and began teaching at UC San Diego in January 2004. In 2008, she founded the Holocaust Living Workshop, a collaboration between the UC San Diego Jewish Studies Program and the Library to preserve the memory of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

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