Family in Nazi & Post War Era

February 25, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

The story of a Jewish-Christian family and their experiences in Nazi and post-war divided Germany will be shared at California State University, Bakersfield's History Forum. Hosted by the history department, the event will be held on Friday, Feb. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Music Building, room 112.

Thomas Meyer, professor of physics and computer science at CSUB, will share his family's story of survival, including photographs and diary excerpts.

His mother, Ilse, was the daughter of a Jewish drugstore owner. His non-Jewish father, Karl, a photographer, journalist and writer, left behind several thousand diary pages and thousands of pictures documenting the family's struggles through job loss, persecution and hiding.

One of four sons, Meyer was born in Domersleben, Germany, and grew up in Hannover and Bonn. After graduating from high school, he come to the United States and studied physics at University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his doctorate degree. Before joining the CSUB faculty, he held appointments at UCLA, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Texas A&M University.

Since its inception in 1999, the History Forum has presented one speaker per academic quarter. Past topics have included the history of the California wine industry by historian Victor Geraci; an oral history and the Chicano experience in World War II given by Mario Garcia, from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and the history of the Basque settlement in Bakersfield presented by Jeri Echeverria, Fresno State University provost and historian.

The forum is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and parking will be free in lots B and C. For more information please call Mark Baker in the history department at (661) 654-6833.