Bachrach, Susan D. 1948-
BACHRACH, Susan D. 1948-
PERSONAL: Born March 11, 1948, in Lawrence, MA; daughter of Benjamin (a retired high school administrator) and Mildred (a school guidance counselor; maiden name, Schruender) Dimlich; married Peter Bachrach, June 21, 1970; children: Anne, Benjamin. Education: Wellesley College, B.A., 1970; University of Paris VII, D.E.A., 1980; University of Wisconsin, Madison, Ph.D., 1981.
ADDRESSES: Offıce—U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW, Washington, DC 20024-2150.
CAREER: Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA, teacher, 1970-72; University and State of Wisconsin, Madison, research assistant, 1973-72; City University of New York, fellow, 1982-84; Queens College, Flushing, NY, adjunct assistant professor of history, 1983-84; USAID, Bamako, Mali, consultant, 1985; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, historian/writer in Identity Card Project, 1992-93, program coordinator for Division of Education-Schools, 1993-94, program manager for Division of Education-Special Projects, 1994-95, historian for Division of Exhibitions, 1996—. U.S. Embassy, Bamako, manager of self-help project, 1985-86. Visiting lecturer at Mount Vernon College, Washington, DC, 1989, and Trinity College, Washington, DC, 1990.
Dames Employées: The Feminization of Postal Work in Nineteenth-Century France, Haworth Press (New York, NY), 1984.
Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1994.
The Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 2000.
General editor of Liberation 1945, 1995; contributor to pamphlet series, 1995, and author of in-house publications Resistance during the Holocaust, 1996, and Flight and Rescue (with Anita Kassof), 2001, all for U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
SIDELIGHTS: Susan D. Bachrach has worked for the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum since 1992. Throughout her tenure at the museum she has produced educational materials and also published several books on the subject of the Holocaust and the many complex issues surrounding this world-transforming event, among them Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust and The Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936.
Including in-depth looks into the lives of many Holocaust victims, Tell Them We Remember introduces young readers to the events and individuals touched by the efforts Germany's Nazi government to eliminate Jews and other "undesirables" before and during World War II. The book provides a general history lesson about the rise of German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, other minority groups targeted alongside European Jews, the torture endured by concentration camp victims, and, finally, their rescue. The horrific results of Hitler's prejudice are represented in the numerous photographs included in the book, bringing these past events into young readers' reality. "This is one of the best books available for introducing the subject to young people," stated Hazel Rochman in her review of the book in Booklist, while Shannon Sprouse commented in Skipping Stones that "Tell Them We Remember is an extremely well-written book; it's a reality check."
Bachrach continues informing young readers about the past with The Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936, an examination of the Olympic games of 1936, which were located in Berlin, Germany. Discussion centers around the propaganda used by both sides during the period, along with America's difficulty in deciding whether or not to participate in the games. The fate of the Jewish athletes who competed in these Olympic events is discussed, along with the success of individuals like Jesse Owens, who singlehandedly disproved Nazi beliefs regarding race. A reviewer for Publishers Weekly praised the work, noting that Bachrach's "writing is careful and unadorned, the facts laid out for readers to interpret." Randy Meyer, writing in Booklist, noted that The Nazi Olympics is "a comprehensive narrative that provides the right amount of political background to tell the complete story of the games and their athletes."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, July, 1994, Hazel Rochman, review of TellThem We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust, p. 1943; February 15, 2000, Randy Meyer, review of The Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936, p. 1093; July, 2000, Hazel Rochman, review of The Nazi Olympics, p. 2026.
Entertainment Weekly, October 21, 1994, Leonard S. Marcus review of Tell Them We Remember, p. 83.
Publishers Weekly, May 1, 2000, review of The NaziOlympics, p. 72.
School Library Journal, June, 2000, Todd Morning, review of The Nazi Olympics, p. 157.
Skipping Stones, spring-summer, 1995, Shannon Sprouse, review of Tell Them We Remember, p. 5.*