Enzer, Hyman Aaron 1916-

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Enzer, Hyman Aaron 1916-


Born July 30, 1916, in Elizabeth, NJ; son of Isak (a builder) and Regina (a homemaker) Enzer; married Sandra Solotaroff (a teacher and editor), June 6, 1952; children: Lisa Enzer Mahler, Ethan. Ethnicity: "Austrian." Education: Union College, Schenectady, NY, A.B., 1938; New York University, M.A., 1955, Ph.D., 1968. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Jewish.


Home—12 Cobb Ct., Huntington, NY 11743. E-mail—[email protected].


Writer. Correspondent and reporter for newspapers in New York and New Jersey, 1931-38; legislative researcher in Albany, NY, 1938-41; Elizabeth Daily Journal, Elizabeth, NJ, staff writer, 1941-50; Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, began as instructor, became professor of sociology, English, and journalism, 1950-86, professor emeritus, 1986—, adjunct professor, 1986-97, chair of sociology department, 1967-68, 1979. New Jersey Commission on Mental Deficiency, member, 1950-55. John Marshall Law School, instructor, 1948-49; University of Wisconsin—Madison, codirector of Russell Sage Program, 1964-65; tutor at Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Service, 1966-69, and Cooperative College Center of the State University of New York, 1970-71; presenter at conferences and workshops; actor and narrator for stage presentations, primarily in the 1950s; public speaker. Also producer and director of stage presentations. Member of executive committee, Fort Washington InterAgency Council, Hempstead InterOrganizational Council, and Nassau Citizens Budget Committee; member of Glen Cove Inter- Agency Council, Suffolk County InterAgency Communications Council, and Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce, all 1980s; active in other civic organizations, beginning 1949. Military service: U.S. Army Air Forces, pilot, 1943-46; served in Italy; received Distinguished Flying Cross. U.S. Air Force Reserve, 1946-54.


American Sociological Association.


Distinguished writing award, Elizabeth Daily Journal, 1949; grant from American Council of Learned Societies, 1966.


(Editor, with wife, Sandra Solotaroff-Enzer) Anne Frank: Reflections on Her Life and Legacy, University of Illinois Press (Urbana, IL), 2000.

Author of pamphlets and other short publications. Contributor of articles and reviews to magazines and newspapers, including American Editor. Associate editor, Social Problems, 1963-67.


Hyman Aaron Enzer told CA: "I love words and the magic they create. My work is influenced by my reading of Shakespeare and of classic and contemporary poets. My writing process involves visual images inspired by words and music. My book was inspired by reading The Diary of Anne Frank and teaching the lessons of her language and her skillful revelations about experiences and feelings."