Thursday, November 10, 2011 Reception: 5:30 pm Lecture: 6:00 pm
at Hebrew Union College
Dr. Fritz Bamberger was a noted German-Jewish scholar and specialist in Jewish intellectual history. After Hitler’s rise in Germany, he organized at great personal risk a system of schools from kindergarten to college for Jewish students expelled by the Nazis from public schools. In 1934 he was appointed Director of the Bureau of Education for Jews in Berlin and President of the Jewish Teachers College, which was established to train general teachers for the new Jewish schools designed to meet the needs of young Jews during the Nazi era. He fled Nazi Germany to the United States in 1939, and following twenty years in the publishing field as Executive Editor of Esquire and Coronet magazines, he served as Assistant to the President and Professor of Intellectual History at HUC-JIR in New York.
A member of HUC-JIR’s faculty for nearly five decades, Dr. Michael A. Meyer has won three Jewish Book Awards. His books include The Origins of the Modern Jew: Jewish Identity and European Culture in Germany, 1749-1824 (1967); Response to Modernity: A History of the Reform Movement in Judaism (1988); Jewish Identity in the Modern World (1990); and a collection of essays entitled Judaism Within Modernity (2001). Among books he has edited are Ideas of Jewish History (1974); the four-volume German-Jewish History in Modern Times (1996-1998); Volume Six of the Collected Writings of Leo Baeck (2003); and Joachim Prinz, Rebellious Rabbi: An Autobiography–the German and Early American Years (2007).
The Dr. Fritz Bamberger Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the Bamberger Family in memory of their father, Dr. Fritz Bamberger, z”l, who served as Assistant to the President and Professor of Jewish Intellectual History at HUC-JIR/New York.