Author Archives: George Vascik, Historian

About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). I also invite you to visit my profession web page at

A Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving feast as guests of the Malcolms. Since Aaron did not get to cook for this occasion, Charlene offered up her kitchen the next day. I have never had such delicious dressing. And the turkey was … Continue reading

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Opening Christ’s Tomb

I found this several weeks ago and have been waiting to post it. When I was in Jerusalem in June, I went multiple times to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is such an inspiring and interesting place on … Continue reading

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A Thorough Purge

A week ago, my sister re-posted an item on her Facebook feed that basically said, “Watch the politics. I want to be your friend after the election.” I couldn’t agree more. I use Facebook to keep up with family and … Continue reading

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Anne’s first academic conference presentation!

Anne’s first academic paper – “Physiographic Mapping of Ohio’s Soil Systems” – has been accepted for presentation at the November conference of the Soil Society of America in Phoenix. It is a multi-scale, bottom up case study of Northwest Ohio … Continue reading

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Morning in the UP

Out on the lake at sunrise. Hearty breakfast. Walk trough the woods. Grade essays and discussions for two classes. Reading Michael Brenner.  I thank God every day for my life.

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Next Year in Jerusalem!

I have been back one week from a quick research trip to Jerusalem. I was able to see documents at Yad Vashem, the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People and the Central Zionist Archives. Everywhere I was … Continue reading

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Every Dad’s Dream

From the moment I first held her at OSU hospital, Anne has been so special. And unique. My greatest wish for her was that she would find the right guy. She surely did. A beautiful wedding at the meeting house, … Continue reading

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All good things come to an end

   I sit beside the fire and think of all that I have seen, of meadow-flowers and butterflies in summers that have been; Of yellow leaves and gossamer In autumns that were here, With morning midst and silver sun And … Continue reading

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Ohio Rare Disease Day

Just finished a legislative event that Charlene organized for Ohio Rare Disease Day at the Capitol in Columbus. Our representative, Tim Derrickson, spoke as well as his co-sponsor of the legislation establish Rare Disease Day in Ohio. We also had … Continue reading

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They might look innocent

What sweet dogs! Unless one needs to go out at 4:30 AM. That makes for one long day.

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