In Memoriam…Saul Friedman

Saul Friedman

Saul Friedman

Saul S. Friedman, retired YSU history professor and an internationally recognized Holocaust scholar, died March 31. He was 76.

Funeral services will be1 1 a.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home, 292 Madison Ave. in Youngstown.

Friends may call one half hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation at or to the YSU Judaic Studies program.

Friedman earned master’s and doctorate degrees in history from Ohio State University and joined the YSU faculty in 1969, retiring in 2006. Friedman was among the early pioneers of Holocaust Studies in the United States, implementing one of the first Holocaust courses in the nation at YSU. His efforts led to the creation of the YSU Judaic and Holocaust Studies program, for which he served as director. Friedman also was instrumental in developing the itinerary for the first summer archaeological dig at the University of Western Galilee, a pilot program that began a series of exchanges with Israeli students and YSU students on a regular basis. He also established a Jewish student group on campus. Friedman authored numerous books, articles and reviews, and he received numerous awards, including six YSU Distinguished Professor Awards.

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