Frederick Schweitzer

Frederocl Schwei

Title: Professor of History (Retired)
Company: Manhattan College
Location: Bronx, New York, United States

Frederick Schweitzer, Retired Professor of History at Manhattan College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history education.

In the late 1960s, Dr. Schweitzer worked with Monsignor James Rigney and Brother Patrick McGarry to write a 60-page outline of Catholic-Jewish relations. What ensued ended up being a 300-page book, “A History of the Jews since the First Century A.D.” Throughout his career, Dr. Schweitzer has enlightened scores of students in history, often teaching and advising on Jewish history. He started teaching at Manhattan College in 1958, as a lecturer, and moved through positions until retiring as a professor emeritus in 2008. During his time at the institution, Dr. Schweitzer served as the Chair of the History Department, the Director and Founder of the Holocaust Resource Center.

Dr. Schweitzer’s own academic journey began at Lehigh University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1954. He continued at Columbia University, earning a Master of Arts in 1955, later returning to the university to earn a PhD in 1972. Dr. Schweitzer has served on the advisory board and the National Council for Phi Alpha Theta. In 1997, the New York State Senate recognized his work with the Outstanding Achievement Award. He has also received an Interfaith Brotherhood Award from the Riverdale Jewish Community Council, the Trustee’s Award and the Bonus et Fidelis Medal from Manhattan College. Earlier in his career, he was honored as one of the Writers of Significance by the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and as an NEH Fellow with the Institute for Teaching the Post Biblical Foundations of Western Civilization from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Throughout his career, Dr. Schweitzer has worked tirelessly to incorporate Jewish history, especially pertaining to the Holocaust, as a part of all history classes at the university. With great success in doing so, he has established himself as a highly regarded Jewish historian. One of his most recent published works was 2017’s “David Cesarani’s Biography of Disraeli,” with the Journal of British Studies. He is the coauthor of “Antisemitism: Myth and Hate from Antiquity to the Present,” and “Jewish Christian Relations over the Centuries: Symbiosis, Prejudice, Holocaust, Dialogue.”

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