Book Review: The Case of the Nazi Professor, by David M. Oshinsky, Richard P. McCormick, and Daniel Horn

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Few stories make better reading than those recounting an injustice set right, a reputation rehabilitated, or an unpopular cause vindicated with time. Several years ago, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, a crusade to rectify an old wrong at Rutgers University exemplified the genre. Newspaper attention focused on a former German instructor who had supposedly been dismissed during the depression years because his liberal beliefs collided with the pro-Nazi views of his department chairman. These are the intriguing beginnings of The Case of the Nazi Professor, which details what happened to Lienhard Bergel back in the 1930s. [excerpt]