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Peter Fritzsche, professor of history

MAHWAH, N.J. – On Friday, October 16 at 2 p.m., Peter Fritzsche, Ph.D., the W.D. & Sarah E. Trowbridge professor of history at the University of Illinois, will discuss his recent book, Hitler’s First Hundred Days: When Germans Embraced the Third Reich (Basic Books), in conversation with Ramapo College history professor Sam Mustafa. The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is sponsoring the event that will be delivered remotely via WebEx, and Gross Center Director Michael A. Riff will serve as moderator for the event. All wishing to participate may register at:

Fritzsche’s probing account reveals how Germany’s fractured republic, in the spring of 1933, turned itself inside out, from a deeply divided republic into a one-party dictatorship. His examination of this transition includes the mass arrests, dismals of Jews and leftists from state service and anti-Jewish boycotts, and sheds light on how Hitler and the National Socialists simultaneously terrified and beguiled ordinary Germans.

In many respects, it is the chilling story of the beginning of the end.

A specialist in modern German history, Fritzsche is the author of ten previous books, including An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler and the award-winning Life and Death in the Third Reich. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign since 1987.

For information about this event, please contact or call 201-684-7409.


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, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, 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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