BRUNSWICK – Robert Bernheim, executive director of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine at the University of Maine at Augusta, will deliver Bowdoin College’s Harry Spindel Memorial Lecture on Monday, Feb. 25.

Bernheim’s talk is titled “Putting History to Work: One Holocaust Historian’s Long Winter from Moscow to Maine.” The 7:30 p.m. lecture in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, is open to the public. 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 interim director of the Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies.

He is co-editor of a forthcoming volume on “Jewish Life and Nazi Germany” (2008, Berghahn Books) and 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.”


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