Minna ReginaFalk

Witnessing the liberation of concentration camps at the end of WWII drove Minna Regina Falk to make sense of the war by placing it in the larger context of German history. Falk began studying and teaching at Washington Square College (later known as New York University) in 1926, earning her MA in 1927 and becoming NYU’s first European history PhD in 1934. She faced discrimination for her gender, teaching a heavy course-load of day and evening classes with no raise or promotion from 1931–1943. Along with this crushing schedule, she managed the Music Box Canteen on the Lower East Side for several years. In 1943 she went on leave to serve as an administrator with the American Red Cross in Europe. Upon her return, she was promoted to assistant professor in 1947, associate professor in 1955, and became the first female full professor in NYU’s history department in 1963, thirty-seven years after joining the faculty. In 1957 she published her textbook The History of Germany: From the Reformation to the Present Day.

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