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German Army’s Complicity in Holocaust to Be Explored at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 15, 2014

(MAHWAH, NJ) –David Wildermuth, Professor of German at Shippensberg University in Pennsylvania, will discuss “’And from that moment, the Shoah began for us:’ What Survivor Testimony Tells Us About the Wehrmacht and its Victims during the German Invasion of the Soviet Union” at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Thursday, April 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion (PAV1).

Dr. Wildermuth will share unpublished research that reveals the behavior of front-line Wehrmacht units towards the Jewish communities around the town of Lida, in present-day Belarus. Victim testimony, corroborated by pre-invasion orders and the division’s war diaries, will reveal how both the ingrained anti-Semitism and the operational latitude informed the Wehrmacht’s actions towards Soviet Jews.

Dr. Wildermuth holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Cortland, an M.A. from Bowling Green State University, Ohio and a Doctorate in Modern Languages (D.M.L.) from Middlebury College.

In the fall of 2013, Dr.Wildermuth held a four-month fellowship at the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich, Germany. His article, “Who Killed Lida’s Jewish Intelligentsia? A Case Study of Wehrmacht Involvement in the Holocaust’s “First Hour,” appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Holocaust and Genocide Studies.


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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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

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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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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