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George Mosse

Born in Berlin to a family prominent in publishing and journalism, Mosse and his family had to flee Germany when the Nazis came to power in 1933. He spent time in France and England before coming to the United States where he finished his education. Mosse became a respected historian of 19th and 20th century Europe, especially studying the rise of fascism in Europe, Hitler’s Nazi rule in Germany, and the destructive effects of both nationalism and racism. Later in life, he began to study and write about the role of sexuality in history. A popular teacher, he spent most of his career at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he began teaching in 1955. He was also a professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the first scholar-in-residence at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. Mosse wrote about two dozen books including Germans and Jews (1970), Nationalism and Sexuality (1985), and Confronting History (2000), a memoir that was published after his death in 1999. Mosse left a large bequest that established a program in LGBT Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He was survived by his partner John Tortorice.