Areas of Expertise
- Nazi-era eugenics policies
- Persecution of people with disabilities during the Holocaust
- The legacy of human specimens collected from 1933 through 1945 from Nazi victim groups for medical research
- War crimes trials
- Children and the Holocaust
Dr. Heberer Rice joined the Museum in 1994 and is now the Museum’s senior historian. She serves as a specialist on medical crimes and eugenics policies in Nazi Germany, educates groups inside and outside the Museum, and vets a wide range of Museum content for historical accuracy, including the Holocaust Encyclopedia.
Dr. Heberer Rice is currently coediting Nazi Sites for Racial Persecution, Detention, Murder, and Resettlement of Non-Jews, a forthcoming volume of the Museum’s Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945.
She serves as one of several international experts on the Max Planck Society’s “Victims of Euthanasia” committee to identify for proper burial any human brain specimens from Nazi victims that still remain in the organization’s medical collections.
She was president of the American Friends of the Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance (2012–14).
- PhD, German and central European history, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 2001
- PhD Exchange Fellowship, Free University of Berlin, 1990–91
- MA, European history, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois, 1989
- BA, history and German literature, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1986
- “‘The Useless People’: War Crimes, Judgement, (Non) Memory: A Forum,” in “The Useless People.” Mass Murder of Psychiatric Patients and Disabled People during the Nazi Occupation: Investigation, Justice and Politics of Memory, eds. Gelinada Grinchenko et al. L’viv: Ukraina Moderna (2020)
- Children during the Holocaust, a volume in the Mandel Center’s series, Documenting Life and Destruction: Holocaust Sources in Context (2011, reprint 2015)
- Atrocities on Trial: Historical Perspectives on the Politics of Prosecuting War Crimes, coeditor (2008)
Select Recorded Presentations and Interviews
- “Battles for Belonging: Race, Citizenship, and Exclusion in the Pacific Northwest and Nazi Germany,” Panelist at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, November 2021
- “Disability Awareness Month: Remembering the Nazis’ First Victims of Mass Murder,” October 2021 Facebook Live program with Museum historian Edna Friedberg
- “Children in the Nazi State and Party Organizations,” July 2021 Martin and Doris Rosen Virtual Summer Symposium, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina
- “Challenges and Opportunities in Teaching the Legacy of the Holocaust to Health Professions Students,” January 2021 panel discussion, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado
- “How Healers Became Killers: Nazi Medical Professionals,” January 2021 keynote address, Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills, Michigan
- “Doctors Who Dared,” May 2020 Facebook Live program
- “How the Warsaw Zookeepers Risked Their Lives to Shelter Jews,” April 2020 Facebook Live program
- “A History of Eugenics,” online lecture