Edward (Ed) Berenson is professor of history and chair of the history department at NYU. Before coming to NYU in 1998, he taught for many years at UCLA.
Berenson is the author or editor of eight books on 19th and 20th century French, British, and U.S. history.  Two of his books, *Heroes of Empire* and *The Statue of Liberty* have been translated into French.  He has published op-eds in the New York Times and in leading French papers, and he comments for the French media about American politics and public life.
Ed holds a B.A. from Princeton University, a diploma in French language and civilization from the Sorbonne, and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.
In 1999, he received the American Historical Association’s Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2006 he was decorated by former French president Jacques Chirac as “Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Merit.”
  1. marty goldman said:

    My grandfather,Saul Rosenbaum,was a haberdasher,in Massena,during this time period.His business basement was searched,looking for the missing girl.I question your figure of twenty jewish families living in Massena,at the time.It seems like a low figure

    • Thanks for this, Marty. 20 families, or about 100 people, seems low, but I have multiple sources to confirm it. I have the list of original members of the Massena synagogue, founded in 1919. There were 33 signatories, but several families had more than one member on the list.

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