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Oliver B. Pollak

Oliver B. Pollak earned his doctorate in history at the University of California at Los Angeles and his law degree from Creighton University School of Law. He has published eight books. His interests include American Jewish history, Southern Africa, Burma, legal history, the history of higher education, and studies in reading, book arts and bibliography. He is co-founder of the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society and has been on the board of the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Nebraska Center for the Book. He is a professor of history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he has taught since 1974.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Oliver B. Pollak." (Viewed on May 28, 2020) <>.


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