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On-Camera Interview Subjects

Monika Berthold-Hilpert, curator, Franconian Jewish Museum, Furth, Germany.

Frances Dinkelspiel, author of Towers of Gold, the biography of her great-great-grandfather Isaias Hellman.

Marc Dollinger, PhD., Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University.

Lynn Downey, official historian, Levi Strauss & Co.

Ava Kahn, historian and author of Jewish Voices of the California Gold Rush.

Tanja Roppelt, director, Levi Strauss Museum, Buttenheim, Germany.

Fred Rosenbaum, author, Cosmopolitans, A Social & Cultural History of the Jews of the San Francisco Bay Area.

John Rothmann, radio talk-show host, frequent lecturer on American politics and political history, and descendant of San Francisco Jewish pioneer families.

Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus; University Professor (history), USC; and author of more than a half dozen books on California history, including the definitive series, the multivolume, America and the California Dream.

William Toll, adjunct professor of history, University of Oregon.

Richard White, Pulitzer Prize-nominated professor of history, Stanford University, author of Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America.
 

Advisers

William Deverell, Professor of History, University of Southern California. Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

Frances Dinkelspiel, author of Towers of Gold, the biography of her great-great-grandfather Isaias Hellman.

Marc Dollinger, PhD., Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. Coauthor, California Jews, with Ava Kahn.

Bill Issel, Professor of History emeritus at San Francisco State University, the former director the American Studies Program, and the author or co-author of four books on San Francisco history.

Marsha Kinder, Critical Studies professor USC, film scholar, expert on Southern California Jewish history and life, and director of “Jewish Homegrown History, identity and intermarriage,” a museum installation slated for the Skirball Cultural Center and Magnes Museum in 2012-2013.

Rabbi Brian Lurie, former Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma, and Executive Vice President of the United Jewish Appeal.

Lara Michels, archivist, Bancroft Library.

Fred Rosenbaum, author, Cosmopolitans, A Social & Cultural History of the Jews of the San Francisco Bay Area.

John Rothmann, radio talk-show host, and frequent lecturer on American politics and political history.

Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus; University Professor (history), USC; and author of more than a half dozen books on California history, including the definitive series, the multivolume, America and the California Dream.