PROFESSOR STEPHEN BERK 

 
 
Professor of History, The Holocaust, and Jewish Studies 
 
     
 

Stephen M. Berk is Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York, former Chair of the Department of History, Director of the Program in Russian and Eastern European Studies and Faculty Advisor to the Jewish Student Organization. He is the author of Year of Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogroms of 1881-1882 (Greenwood Press, 1985). At the present time Berk is writing a book entitled, Our People Are Your People: American Jewry and the Struggle for Civil Rights 1954-1965.

Professor Berk is frequently consulted by newspaper reporters and by television and radio stations including the BBC. Berk is considered an absolutely superb lecturer and teacher. Two college guide books mention him as the best teacher at Union College. The Lisa Birnbach book New and Improved College Book, refers to him as an "amazing lecturer," and Edward B. Fiske writes in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, "The History Department is home to Union's most esteemed lecturer" and notes that Berk's course on the Holocaust is the most popular one offered at the College. Berk has spoken in countless cities and towns in the United States and Canada and is frequently invited to return. Berk is equally adept in scholarly, popular and fund raising talks.

In 1996 Professor Berk received the prestigious Holocaust Memorial Award from the Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center. The citation accompanying the award stated: "On the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Nuremberg trials, the Holocaust Memorial Award honors Dr. Berk's years of dedication to understanding and education as a world-wide lecturer and spellbinding speaker on the lessons of the Holocaust and its meaning for today. In 2010 Professor Berk was designated an Israel Hero for his defense and advocacy of the State Israel by JERNY the Jewish Educational Resources of New York.