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Jacob Boas was born to a Jewish family in the Westerbork transit camp in The Netherlands, the same Nazi camp to which Anne Frank was sent before she was deported to Bergen-Belsen. He survived World War II to emigrate with his family to Canada in 1957. He received his B.A. from McGill University in 1965, and his M.A. in modern European history from the University of California, Riverside in 1969, followed by his Ph.D. in 1977. Dr. Boas has spent many years studying and writing about the Holocaust. He has served as the director of education and research at the Holocaust Center of Northern California in San Francisco.
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