Women's history pioneer Gerda Lerner dies at 92

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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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