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Weidner Foundation Speaker’s Bureau

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The Weidner Foundation Speaker’s Bureau

How It Works:

The Speakers listed are published scholars in the field of altruism, unselfish behavior, and “rescuers”, especially rescuers during wartime.

The Foundation provides only contact information.  Those interested in engaging a speaker are responsible for discussing dates, travel, accomodation and other expenses related to the speaking appointment.  Contacts   should be made directly with the speaker, rather than through the Foundation.

The Foundation has no responsibility for financial and other arrangements made between an organization and the speaker.

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Phone:  (619) 594-5338
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Dr. Baron is the Nasatir Professor of Modern Jewish History and the Director of the Lipinsky Institute for Judaic Studies at San Diego State University.

Dr. Baron has made major contributions to Holocaust Studies and to understanding altruistic behavior.  He is the co-editor of three anthologies, including (with Samuel and Pearl Oliner) Embracing the Other: Philosophical, Psychological, and Historical Perspectives on Altruism.  He also served as the consulting historian and as an interviewer for Samuel and Pearl Oliner’s The Altruistic Personality: Rescuers of Jews in Nazi Europe (Free Press, 1988).

Dr. Baron was profiled in Fifty Key Thinks on the Holocaust and Genocide (Routledge, 2010)   His study on Holocaust Cinema was
published in The Oxford Handbook of Genocide Studies (Oxford University Press, 2011).   


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Rabbi Malka Drucker is the author of 22 books, including the Southwest PEN Award winning White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America, and the Christopher Award winning Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust ,in which John Weidner is featured.

Ordained in 1998 from the transdenominational Academy of Jewish Religion, Malka Drucker is also the Founding Rabbi of Hamakom: The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Rabbi Drucker has been an Advisor to the John Henry Weidner Foundation for many years.


Phone: (212) 315-5872

Dr. Eva Fogelman is a licensed Psychologist, filmmaker and author of numerous books and articles, including the Pulitzer Prize nominated book Conscience and Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust, (1994).

As one reviewer of Conscience and Courage asked “...why did some normal and ordinary people rescue Jews when the overwhelming
consensus tolerated, or actually supported their persecution and extermination?”  In Conscience and Courage, Dr. Fogelman explores this question as well as the psychology of altruism.

Dr. Fogelman is the co-founder (with Rabbi Harold Schulweis) of the Foundation to Sustain Righteous Christians.  This organization was superceded by The Jewish Foundation for Christian Rescuers, a project of the Anti-Defamation Legue.


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Dr. Mazzaglia is a weekly columnist for newpapers across the United States and in several countries. He has explored the motivations of altruists and written about rescuers in his columns.  He is also a frequent speaker for the John Henry Weidner Foundation on the experiences of John Weidner and the 300 rescuers on the Dutch-Paris Escape Line.

Dr. Mazzaglia is the Vice-Chairman of the Weidner Foundation Board of Directors and a widely-respected lecturer and professor at a number of New England colleges and universities.


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Dr. Samuel Oliner is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.  He is the Founder and Director of The Altruistic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute at Humboldt State.

The author of many books on altruism (Altruism Intergroup Apology, Forgiveness, Reconciliation; Toward a Caring Society:Ideas Into Action; and The Altruistic Personality: Rescuers of Jews in Nazi Europe (co-authored with Pearl M. Oliner), his latest book is Do Unto Others: Extraordinary Acts of Ordinary People.

In reviewing The Altruistic Personality, author John Roth wrote “...this penetrating study helps us not only to understand goodness in the past but also to see how the inclination to care for people in need might be nurtured today and in the future.”

Speaking of the rescuers he has interviewed, Dr. Oliner says “...there is after all, no greater deed a person can do than risk his or her life on behalf of others with no promise of reward.”