Anna Steinberger was born in Radom, Poland and was 11 years old when she fled with her parents to escape German occupation during WWII. Despite numerous hardships, she managed to continue her education first in the Soviet Union and then in medicine, in Frankfurt, Germany. After immigrating to the USA in 1949, she married and had two daughters. Steinberger received her MS degree from University of Iowa and PhD from Wayne State University. She taught and conducted biomedical research at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and then at University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Dr. Steinberger received numerous awards and recognitions for her research published in over 250 scientific articles and book chapters. After retiring from academia in 2001 as Professor Emerita, Anna continues to be actively involved in docent training and leading tours at Holocaust Museum Houston. She has served on its Board of Directors and numerous committees. She and her husband established the “Steinberger Endowment Fund for Docent Education” to ensure that well informed docents will educate future generations about the Holocaust and the importance of preventing genocides. Commissioner Steinberger considers her appointment to the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission a great privilege and unique opportunity for promoting Holocaust and genocide education in schools and institutions of higher learning, with the hope of preventing similar atrocities from happening again.
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