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Joseph Haberer

Age 84

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I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was an enormous help to me when I was writing my book, Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport. In fact, it was his encouragement and help that made the book what it is. I will always be grateful! My sincere condolences to his family.

Joe was a friend,mentor and my major professor in grad school. He was a man to model ones life after: caring,compassionate and always avaiable. I think of joe regularly and am thankful for having spent several wonderful years learning so much from him on many levels. Joe's many contributions will forever be with many of us who were fortunate to know him.
My thoughts are with his family.

Joe had always been kind and helpful to me, sending me regularly, the Chabad newsletter, written in Yiddish and English from the Jewish Studies files. I enjoyed reading it. Joe had been very supportive of my husband Ed pertaining to his participation in Purdue's Jewish Studies Program Committee. And, when Ed needed daily transporting for his radiation treatments, Joe, as well as other friends were there for him. I admired his work in the Jewish Studies Program and appreciated his...

I had the pleasure of talking with Joe a few times at WBAA events. He was every inch a gentleman; unpretentious, a great conversationalist, and always curious about everything. Rose, I'll always treasure my copy of Joe's "It's a Mystery - Political Novels Through the Ages" which introduced me to so many authors and books I otherwise would not have known. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

I have enjoyed Joe's friendship for many years and our wonderful conversations on music, literature, baking, and the Holocaust. He will be missed. My sympathies to his family.

I knew and worked with Professor Haberer when I was a secretary in the political science department at Purdue in the 1980s. He was a kind and generous gentleman, and I learned a lot from him. One fond memory I have is how he would frequently bring in his homemade, freshly baked bread to share with us in the office. It was always fabulous and such a treat, and I'm fortunate to have a couple of his recipes. You will be missed, Professor Haberer. My condolences to Nina and the entire family.

Joe was a wonderful human being who we relished knowing and talking to. Although we did not see him that often, we will miss him very deeply. He was always very supportive of both of us and we always greatly appreciated how much he did for the Jewish community and Jewish studies at Purdue. We will so miss talking to him.

Bob and Jill May

My condolences go out to Nina and her family. When I was still working at Purdue, I loved seeing your father when he come into the office. He always had a great smile and a awesome personality. He will be missed by all. Take care.

It was an honor to be a colleague of Joe's. He was a mainstay of Purdue's campus and made important contributions to campus life and culture. He was also a real gentleman with a quiet sense of humor.


Joseph's Obituary

Professor Emeritus Joseph Haberer, 84, of West Lafayette died Tuesday June 11, 2013 at St. Elizabeth East.He was born January 31, 1929, in Villingen, Germany to the late Berthold and Georgine Seckels Haberer. After Kristallnacht (1938), Joe was sent on the Kindertransport to England then...

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