Donald Schwartz

Donald Schwartz, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
B.A., City College of New York (History)
M.A., Indiana University (History)
Ph.D., New York University (History)
Contact Information:
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd., MS 1601
Long Beach, CA 90840-1601

Since retiring in 2010, I have continued to lecture on historical topics in several different venues, including cruise ships, the OLLI center at CSULB,  the Long Beach and Orange County Jewish Community Centers, and to retirement communities in Leisure World and Laguna Woods.  I have also continued to observe and evaluate teachers of history/social science at charter schools for the Accord Institute for Educational Research.  In 2011 I taught at Panasastra University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as part of the Fulbright Specialist Program.  Most recently, I have offered to the wider Long Beach community a series of lectures on World Wars One and Two, and on Lincoln and the Civil War.  Notices on upcoming presentations can be accessed on my web site,   From 2010-2012 I served as Executive Director for the California Council for History Education and currently serve of the board of directors for that organization.


Selected publications

2013  Review of Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman, FDR and the Jews, in The History Teacher (Aug. 2013)
2005  Review of David Wyman and Rafael Medoff, A Race Against Death: Peter Bergson, America, and the Holocaust, in Holocaust and Genocide Studies
2004  “Teaching the Holocaust in California: Problems and Prospects”, Social Studies Review, Spring 2004
2001   “Can History Professors Learn from K-12 Teachers?”  The History Teacher (Feb)
2000   “Using History Departments to Prepare Secondary Social Studies Teachers: A Challenge for the Profession in the 21st Century,” National Council for History Education Occasional Paper, March 2000.
1999    The Road to Hell: A Survivor’s Account of the Nazi Death March, co-authored with Joseph Freeman, (Paragon House)
1999    “Can History Professors Learn from K-12 Teachers?”, Organization of American Historians Newsletter vol. 27, no. 3 (August 1999).