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Bernard Beckerman’s Wartime Heroics

Dr Bernard Beckerman with students (1961)
NorthJersey.com

Dr. Bernard Beckerman, who taught at Hofstra between 1947-1965, helped launch the University’s Drama Program and the Shakespeare Festival. Among his students were Francis Ford Coppola and Madeline Kahn. But before joining the Hofstra faculty, he was a World War II hero who served in one of the divisions that liberated the Dachau concentration camp. His nephew Jim Beckerman penned a tribute for NorthJersey.com about his uncle’s wartime heroics.

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