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Gerda Lerner dies at 92; pioneered field of women's history
Gerda Lerner dies at 92; pioneered field of women's history

Gerda Lerner spent her 18th birthday in a Nazi prison in Vienna and feared that birthday would be her last. Her jailers meant to starve her, but her cellmates — two gentile women imprisoned for their anti-fascist views — shared their rations and kept her strong. "They taught me how to survive," Lerner reflected decades later about the women who fed her until she was freed. "Everything I needed to get through the rest of my life I learned in jail in those six weeks." Her memories of oppression and the crucial bonds with other women shaped the life she created in America, where she became a leader of a new field of history. "My craft and my profession...

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