University Professor Twice-Honored in his Field

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Dec. 10, 2004 – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies has chosen Dr. Mitchel Gerber, professor of political science at Southeast Missouri State University, as one of only 20 participants in the center’s Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar on the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism in France.

The seminar, which is geared toward strengthening Holocaust teaching at the university level, is scheduled for January at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. The seminar’s topics will include the prewar background of anti-Semitism in France, the Jewish refugee crisis of the 1930s, the anti-Semitic policies of the Vichy government, the role of public opinion in the Holocaust in France, Jewish responses to the Holocaust, and Holocaust memory and Holocaust denial in French national consciousness.

Gerber has been twice-honored, having recently received the National Social Science Association (NSSA) Member of the Year award for 2004. Gerber has been an active member of the association since 1988, participating in conferences and seminars, serving on the national governing board, authoring articles for NSSA journals, and recruiting new members.