Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish History at San Diego State University
Ida E. King Distinguished Scholar during Fall 2015
Lawrence “Laurie” Baron taught Modern Jewish History at San Diego State University, where he served as Director of the Lipinsky Institute for Judaic Studies between 1988 and 2006. Baron was educated at the University of Illinois-Urbana, and the University of Wisconsin -Madison, where he earned a Ph.D. in Modern European Intellectual History. Baron is the author of The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema and Projecting the Holocaust into the Present: The Changing Focus of Contemporary Holocaust Cinema. He also writes for the San Diego Jewish World. To read more about Laurie in more detail, please click here.
1974: Ph.D. in Modern European Intellectual History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1959: B.A. in History and Secondary Education, University of Illinois-Urbana
Areas of Expertise:
Modern Jewish History, Holocaust Studies, Cinema & Film Interpretation, Current World Events
- The Eclectic Anarchism of Erich Mühsam (Revisionist Press, 1976)
- Haven from the Holocaust: Oswego, NY 1944-1946 – Radio documentary, produced by WSLU, Canton, New York.
- The Altruistic Personality: Rescuers of Jews in Nazi Europe (New York: Free Press, 1988) -Laurie was the historian and author of the chapter, “The Historical Context of Rescue”
- “The First Wave of American ‘Holocaust’ Films,” The American Historical Review, 115, no.1 (February 2010), 90-114.
- “The Holocaust and America Public Memory, 1945-1960“ – Holocaust and Genocide Studies 17.1, 2003
- Projecting the Holocaust into the Present: The Changing Focus of Contemporary Holocaust Cinema – (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005)
“Incorporating Film into a Study of the Holocaust,” in Essentials of Holocaust Education: Fundamental Issues and Approaches, eds. Samuel Totten and StephenFeinberg (Routledge: 2016). 169-188.
- Laurie has written a number of articles for the San Diego Jewish World, most of which can be found by clicking here