Kenneth Waltzer, Ph.D
Dr. Waltzer attended SUNY Binghamton's Harpur College and was a Graduate Prize Fellow and earned a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. He joined MSU in 1971 where he helped build the highly reputed James Madison College, and where he also later served as Dean and Associate Dean. Dr.
Waltzer also served as Director of General Education in the arts and humanities at MSU and then was Director of Jewish Studies. He received a State of Michigan Teaching Excellence Award in 1990 and an Alumni Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award in 1998.
Dr. Waltzer has a fascinating background. He began his social history research in American urban and immigration history. His American Identity
Explorer: Immigration and Migration CD-ROM [with Kathleen Geissler] (McGraw-Hill, 1999, 2001) follows seven migrating groups through four portals to America into immigrant and migrant neighborhoods in six American cities during the Ellis Island era and assesses comparative experiences, American responses, and more.
In more recent years, Dr. Waltzer was in the news as the Holocaust researcher who discovered a survivor memoir titled Angel at the Fence – soon to be a blockbuster movie – was actually a Holocaust memoir fraud. He is the Michigan researcher who discovered the young man who rescued Israel Meir Lau (Lulek) in Buchenwald. He also served as historical consultant to Big Foot Productions in New York in the creation of an award-winning documentary film, Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald about the children's block at Buchenwald and the rescue of children and youths inside a concentration camp. He is completing a book on the rescue of children at Buchenwald.