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(Mahwah) – Eric D. Weitz, author of Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy (Princeton, 2007), will speak at Ramapo College of New Jersey Thursday, February 21 at 1 p.m. in the Robert A. Scott Student Center, Room SC-138.  The presentation is free and open to the public.  For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 201.684.7409.

The title of Weitz’s talk will be “Jews, Culture and Mass Society in Weimar Germany.”  It will explore the period’s revolutionary cultural creativity in relation to the emergence of Jews as proponents and practitioners of modernity.  Dr. Weitz will view this dynamic in the context of a fragile republic facing manifold economic and political challenges, while its capital, Berlin, became a center of avant-garde art, sexual emancipation, mass culture and modernist architecture.  His talk will illuminate how anti-Semitism figured prominently in uniting members of the traditional elites with the Nazi-led radical Right to bring down Weimar.  Weitz contends that the demise of the fragile republic and its Jewish population was not a forgone conclusion.

Eric D. Weitz is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of A Century of Genocide and Creating German Communism, 1890-1990 (both Princeton). The talk will be sponsored by Ramapo College’s Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the History Club.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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