Stephen Feinstein: Historian's death called loss to study of the Nazi Holocaust





On Tuesday evening, Stephen Feinstein was doing what he often did, giving a speech about the Holocaust. This one was at the Sabes Foundation Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival in Hopkins.

Suddenly he was at a loss for words. He was taken to Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, where he later died. He was 64.

An international outpouring of grief has greeted the death of the world-renowned historian of genocide studies.

"Stephen Feinstein was involved in preserving the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust," Nobel laureate and concentration camp survivor Elie Weisel said in a statement. "All those who knew him will miss him."

Feinstein was the director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and adjunct professor of history at the University of Minnesota.

"His classes on the history of the Holocaust had record student enrollments year after year," said center outreach coordinator Ellen Kennedy....

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