By NR Staff • 

Frazee lecture looks at Holocaust era

Tubach is the co-author, with Bernat Rosner, of ”An Uncommon Friendship: From Opposite Sides of the Holocaust.” The book tells the story of Tubach, the son of a Nazi officer, and Rosner, the only member of his family to survive Auschwitz.

In 1944, the then 13-year-old Tubach was almost old enough to join the Hitler Youth in his German village of Kleinheubach. That year in Hungary, 12-year-old Rosner was loaded onto a train with the village’s Jewish inhabitants and taken to Auschwitz, where the rest of his family was slaughtered.

Many years later, after enjoying successful lives in California, they met, became friends, and decided to share their story — that of two boys trapped in evil and destructive times, who became men with the freedom to construct their own future, with each other and with the world.

Born to German parents in San Francisco in 1930, Tubach grew up from the age of 3 in the small German village, not far from Frankfurt. After his mother died, his father joined the Nazi party and went off to war, leaving Fritz with a grandmother.

Following World War II, he renounced his German citizenship, obtained an American passport and returned to San Francisco. He attended San Francisco City College and UC Berkeley, receiving his Ph.D. in German literature, with specialties in medieval literature and religious history.

He served as a professor at UC Berkeley from 1959 to 1994, and directed the U.C. Education Abroad Programs in both Germany and France. Since 2003 he has lectured on the legacies of multiculturalism and religious conflict for the Cal Discoveries alumni travel program in Europe.

His visit is being sponsored by the Frazee Lecture in Bible and Religion. It honors Gordon Frazee, who served Linfield for 32 years as chaplain and professor of religion.

It is also part of the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement pilot project, designed to integrate learning while heightening global and multicultural awareness. This year’s campus wide theme is “The Legacies of War.”

For more information, contact David Massey, Linfield College chaplain, at 503-883-2259 or

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