Meet Author Douglas R. Skopp
Douglas R. Skopp was born in 1941. After attending public schools in Los Angeles, California, he enrolled at attended Dartmouth College, where he studied European history and German, and Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Germany. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1963. He received a Master's in Medieval Studies at Connecticut College (1964) and a Ph.D. in European history, focusing on modern Germany, from Brown University (1974). From 1972 until his retirement from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2007 with the rank of Distinguished University Teaching Professor of History, Skopp taught courses on aspects of the World Wars, the Holocaust, medieval and modern Europe (especially Germany), education in Western civilization, survey courses in European history, and historical research skills and methods. In 1989, he received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching; he served as chairperson of the History Department for ten years, was often president of his faculty’s professional union, and in the final three years before his retirement, presiding officer of SUNY Plattsburgh’s faculty.
In 1985-1986, Skopp received a Fulbright Award to research medical ethics in Germany between 1880 and 1945; that research provided the base for Shadows Walking. An inaugural Fellow in SUNY Plattsburgh's Institute for Ethics in Public Life, he continues to assist in the Institute's "guided inquiry" faculty seminars on ethics, ethical practices, and the curriculum. Skopp has published many scholarly articles on aspects of the history of the professions in Germany. He is also an editorial consultant and/or author of chapters on European history in numerous public school textbooks. In 1989, Skopp published Bright With Promise, a history of SUNY Plattsburgh’s first century; he continues to serve as SUNY Plattsburgh's College Historian.
Having taken twenty years to write Shadows Walking, he doubts that he will ever attempt another novel…at least his wife hopes so.
Shadows Walking (2010) by Douglas R. Skopp
Johann Brenner, an idealistic physician and ardent German nationalist, has joined the Nazi Party and willingly participated in its “crimes against humanity.” His Jewish boyhood friend, Philipp Stein, has also become a doctor. Their lives inevitably intersect until their last, fateful meeting. After the war, Brenner, now with stolen papers and a new name, becomes a janitor in the courthouse where the Nuremberg Trials are being held. Hoping to “heal himself” and begin a new life with his estranged wife, he decides that he must write her a letter telling what he has done—and why.
Bright with Promise: From the Normal and Training School to SUNY Plattsburgh, 1889-1989: A Pictorial History (1989) by Douglas R. Skopp, Photography by Robin J. Brown A vivid, inspiring and celebratory, illustrated history of SUNY Plattsburgh on the occasion of its hundredth anniversary, describing its origins, students, faculty and administration, as well as its impact on and contributions to the community, state and nation over the prior century. With photographs by Robin Brown and research contributions by SUNY Plattsburgh undergraduates Dominic Cordisco, Kevin M. Days, Joseph DeSalvo, and Susan Ouellete, Bright With Promise has become a widely praised model for histories of other SUNY units and institutions of higher education across America since its publication in 1989. All proceeds from its publication were been donated by the author to the Plattsburgh College Foundation in support student scholarships at SUNY Plattsburgh.
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