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Scholar and Former PCS Panelist Publishes New Memoir


Andrei Markovits, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at the University of Michigan, published a new memoir on Aug. 19. 

A man with white hair and a black jacket throws his arms up.

Markovits at a 2019 Fordham event. Photo by Dana Maxson

“The great Jew­ish his­to­ri­an Salo Baron defined the ​’lachry­mose school of Jew­ish his­to­ri­og­ra­phy,’ that long litany of suf­fer­ing and per­se­cu­tion that for many defines Jew­ish life and his­to­ry. Andy Markovits’s mem­oir is the anec­dote to that school: a sun­ny, opti­mistic, and uplift­ing read,” wrote Martin Green, professor emeritus at Fairleigh Dickinson University, in a recent review for the Jewish Book Council. “It doesn’t gloss over the sad­ness of post-War Europe, but it shows how that lost world could pro­duce a vital future and how a state­less, root­less per­son could nonethe­less turn that con­di­tion into a ful­filled life.”

Markovits is a scholar whose work crosses many fields, including German and Austrian politics, anti-Semitism, anti-Americanism, social democracy, social movements, and comparative sports culture in Europe and North America. His book, The Passport as Home, is a reflection of his life as a scholar and beyond. In 2019, Markovits served as a panelist at PCS’s Global Symposium on Sports and Society, where scholars examined anti-Semitism in the sports world.


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