Women's history pioneer Gerda Lerner dies at 92
This 2001 photo shows Gerda Lerner, founder of University of Wisconsin-Madison's graduate program in women's history, with an image of her autobiography, Fireweed. Lerner, a founding member of the National Organization for Woman and a pioneer in the field of women's history, has died at an assisted-living facility in Madison. She was 92. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Sarah B. Tews)
Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 5:04 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Gerda Lerner spent her 18th birthday in a Nazi prison, sharing a cell with two gentile women arrested for political work who shared their food with the Jewish teenager because jailers restricted rations for Jews.
Lerner would say years later that the women taught her during those six weeks how to survive and that the experience taught her how society can manipulate people. It was a lesson that the women's history pioneer, who died Wednesday at age 92, said she saw reinforced in American academia by history professors who taught as though only the men were worth studying.
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Friday, January 4, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 5:04 pm.