Dr. Stephen Feinstein

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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I was an education and social studies major at UW-RF in the 90s. Unfortunately for me, Dr. Feinstein's classes never fit my schedule. However, many of my friends still respect and warmly regard him and speak of the classes he taught.
I learned of his passing while attending the Deadly Medicine exhibit at the Science Museum. His absence is a loss to the community as well as his family.
My thoughts are with everyone whose life he touched.

Dear Susan,
I have been out of town this winter and was so shocked to just learn of Stephen's death. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family. In reading these guest book praises from all over the world, I hope that you will find peace in your memories and knowing what a difference he made to so many.

To Stephen's family
My prayers will be with you throughout your mourning. I'm saddened to hear (belatedly) of Stephen's sudden death.

He was a great supporter of Native American Art and our story of the American Holocaust.
I participated in two holocaust exhibits at Stephen's invitation and will always remember his friendliness and steady support.

From 30 years ago as a student, I remember Steve for his talent, obvious dedication and wonderful sense of humor. About four years ago, I contacted him when the daughter of a friend, in her first year as a high school social studies teacher, was struggling to effectively present the Holocaust to her students. Steve responded with a list of resources (himself included) of which she could avail herself. He was a genuinely good person.


Tanya and I were out of town when all of this happened and were shocked and saddened to learn only this morningof this tragedy. Stephen was a great man and loved by all and will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family in your grief.

Steve was a true scholar with a wonderful way to make his speeches come to life. His sense of humor and caring toward others was unmatched.

My thoughts are with you,


The last time I spoke to Dr. Steve was, sadly, at the funeral of fellow UWRF History Department chair, Dr. Ed Peterson. Steve and I greeted each other with grim faces, words of sadness, offered each other our thoughts on Ed, and then sat down. Our words were brief, but Steve's few were thoughtful and medicinal. Exactly what I needed. Steve could make a point and impression with the fewest words, or the deepest glance, and I'll never forget that. I took every class Steve offered at UWRF, from...

Sue, Jean and I have the most wonderful memories of Steve as a friend and a colleague. He had the most graceful touch of any institution builder I have ever met, accomplishing much through the pure elegance of his ideas and dreams. We are so saddened by Steve's passing; we will always miss him and remember him. May you and your family be spared further suffering.

I was lucky enough to take Steve’s History of the Holocaust and Imperialism classes as a grad student at UWRF in the mid-90s. His classes have deeply influenced the way I interpret history and the way I teach my high school students. I just saw him two weeks ago at a workshop he hosted about the Holocaust and Rwandan genocide through the U of M’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. I was reminded how much I enjoyed and learned from him and kept thinking how much I wanted to take...


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