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 four 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, Carbondale, Illinois, 1989
- BA, history and German literature, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1986
- 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
- “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
- “People with Disabilities: The First Victims of Nazi Mass Murder,” October 2018 Facebook Live program
- “How Do Nurses Go from Caring for Patients to Killing Them?,” March 2018 Facebook Live program
- “How Healers Became Killers: Nazi Doctors and Modern Medical Ethics,” overview of Deadly Medicine exhibition