University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of German and Russian

Retired Faculty - David Scrase

David Scrase

David Scrase, Professor of German

Area of expertise

Lyric Poetry, Literature of War, Holocaust Studies

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Professor Scrase joined the Department of German and Russian in 1971. Along with his Ph.D. from Indiana University he brought with him a deep appreciation and keen understanding of German language, art, culture, and literature. He combined intellectual excitement and enthusiasm with a strong belief in serious scholarly work that inspired both his colleagues and students. In 1993, he founded the Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont and served as its director until 2006.

David Scrase ended his career at the University of Vermont as a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in the fields of German poetry, modern German literature, and Holocaust Studies. He was honored with an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship as well as a Fulbright Scholarship. His well-received publications include works about German authors Wilhelm Lehmann and Johannes Bobrowski; he collected personal accounts of Holocaust survivors and documents about rescue and assistance efforts during this period. He taught numerous students both at the University of Vermont and at high schools throughout the state of Vermont about the legacy of this terrible period in history.

His love and gift for language manifests itself in his many outstanding translations of German poetry and novels. He was able to transfer his deep care for language and for precision in style and grammar to his students and challenged them to do their best work.

David has inspired us over the years with his high standards, his love for knowledge, his intelligence, his generous personality, and his wry wit. We will miss him tremendously, and wish him much joy in his new vocation of artisan and wood-turner.