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Jeffrey Shandler is Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He is the author of While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 1999); Jews, God, and Videotape: Religion and Media in America (New York University Press, 2009); and, Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age: Survivors' Stories and New Media Practices (Stanford University Press, 2017), among other titles.
Among his edited volumes are Awakening Lives: Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland before the Holocaust (Yale University Press, 2002) and Anne Frank Unbound: Media, Imagination, Memory (Indiana University Press, 2012). Shandler's translations of Yiddish literature include Emil and Karl, a Holocaust novel for young readers by Yankev Glatshteyn (Roaring Brook, 2006).
He has served as president of the Association for Jewish Studies and is a fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research.
Past President of the New Jersey State Board of Education, Maud Dahme is a nationally respected leader in the field of education. In addition to the State Board, on which she served from 1983 until October 2007, Ms. Dahme was also for many years a member of the Interstate Migrant Education Council, which she chaired in 1998 and 2007. In 1995 she also served as President of the National Association of State Boards of Education. Dahme also held a number of other local and state posts. She was also a member of the North Hunterdon Regional High School Board of Education from 1976 to 1983.
Her involvement in local and educational affairs is all the more remarkable given the fact that Maud Dahme is a survivor of the Holocaust. Born in Amersfoort in the Netherlands, she spent the entire German occupation of her native country in hiding with her sister. Together with her parents and sister, she immigrated to the United States in 1950, at first settling in New York City.
A passionate advocate of Holocaust education, she has been a member of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education since 1982. As with most child survivors of the Holocaust, Maud Dahme found it difficult to speak about her years as a hidden child. However, since the mid-1980s, she has overcome her inhibitions and has been a frequent speaker to schoolchildren about her experiences.