Georg G. Iggers, renowned historian and civil rights activist, has died at age 90Historians in the News
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Georg G. Iggers, an internationally renowned historian and civil rights advocate, died Sunday in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 90.
Mr. Iggers' experience of anti-Semitism as a child in Nazi Germany inspired his activism as an adult.
He laid the groundwork for the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in the 1950s and was a leader in local branches of the NAACP for more than 50 years.
During the Vietnam War, he counseled hundreds of conscientious objectors.
As a historian, he worked to overcome Cold War divisions in his profession by hosting conferences of East and West German historians at the University at Buffalo. Later, he worked for German-Jewish reconciliation. ...
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