Times Profiles Rhinebeck Man Who Helped Save Intellectuals During WWII

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- There are college professors who teach history, and then there are those who actually bore witness to the events that changed it -- like Bard College’s Justus Rosenberg, according to a recent profile in The New York Times.

Rhinebeck resident Justus Rosenberg

Rhinebeck resident Justus Rosenberg

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The 95-year-old Rhinebeck resident is not only teaching literature and languages at an age when most people would have been happily retired for several decades, he is still wowing students with the scope of his historical knowledge and inspiring them to carry forward the banner of intellectual freedom, The New York Times profile said.

They know he, as an Eastern European Jew, did something noteworthy by merely surviving World War II; what they might not know, The New York Times piece said, is that he was an integral part of a French-American network that helped thousands of intellectuals and cultural figures flee the Nazis.

To read the Times profile of Rosenberg, click here.

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