Fritz Stern, prominent history and academic, dead at age 90

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Posted: May 18, 2016 10:52 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Fritz Stern, a refugee from Nazi Germany who became a prominent historian and a longtime professor at Columbia University, has died. He was 90.

Katrin Maria Daehn, a spokeswoman for Stern's German publisher, C.H. Beck, told The Associated Press that Stern died Wednesday at his home in New York City. She had no additional details.

Stern's family left Germany in 1938 and settled in New York. He wrote often about Nazism, and taught history at Columbia University for more than 40 years. His books included "The Politics of Cultural Despair" and "Five Germanys I Have Known."

He also was a frequent commentator on current events. Earlier this year, he told The History News Network that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was a symptom of the "dumbing down of the country."