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Thank you for your interest in my novel, Shadows Walking, in my articles, in my stories and in my poems...I hope I am able to do more writing, but I am struggling at the moment with side effects from my medications for Stage IV renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer). Still, every day is a gift for us all. With best wishes, Doug Skopp

    
     

 


A bit about me...


I was born in Oakland, California in June 1941.  Shortly afterwards, in December 1941, my father joined the U.S. Navy for the duration of World War II.  We moved from Oakland to be with my maternal grandparents in Los Angeles.  My mother and father were divorced the first time in 1942.  They were married to each other and divorced from each other three times; during their fourth marriage to each other, in 1979, my father died.  My mother's and my life were inextricably entangled in his life, a turbulent one to say the least.


After attending public schools in Los Angeles, California, I studied European history and German at  Dartmouth College and Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Germany.  I graduated from Dartmouth College (1963), received a Master's in Medieval Studies at Connecticut College (1964), and a Ph.D. in European history, focusing on modern Germany, from Brown University (1974).


From 1972 until my retirement from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2007 with the rank of Distinguished University Teaching Professor of History, I taught courses on aspects of the World Wars, the Holocaust, medieval and modern Europe (especially Germany), education in Western civilization, survey courses in European history, and historical research skills and methods. In 1989, I received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.  I also served as chairperson of the History Department for ten years, was often president of the faculty’s professional union, and in the final three years before my retirement, was presiding officer of SUNY Plattsburgh’s faculty.


I received a Fulbright Senior Scholar/Teacher Award In 1985-1986, allowing me to be a guest professor at a German university and to research medical ethics in Germany between 1880 and 1945.  This research, in addition to a series of scholarly articles on the education of professional elites in Wilhelmine Germany, provided the base for my novel about a Nazi doctor, Shadows Walking. It explores the questions, why would a reasonable man, even a thoughtful man, allow himself to become a Nazi doctor, commit crimes against humanity, and what should happen to him, once we become aware of his crimes.


An inaugural Fellow in SUNY Plattsburgh's Institute for Ethics in Public Life in 1998, I am still active in the Institute's "guided inquiry" faculty seminars on ethics, ethical practices, and the curriculum. 


I have published many scholarly articles on aspects of the history of the professions in Germany.  I also was an editorial consultant and/or author of chapters on European history in numerous public school textbooks. 


In 1989, I published Bright With Promise, a history of SUNY Plattsburgh’s first century; I continue to serve as SUNY Plattsburgh's College Historian in my retirement.  As such, I hope to complete a brief photographic essay on SUNY Plattsburgh's last twenty-five years, in celebration of its 125th anniversary.    

                               

Birth Place: Oakland, CA USA
     



Books

Shadows Walking, A Novel by Douglas R. Skopp
What leads men and women of good will to violate fundamental ethical principles? How do they justify their behavior? Are we all capable of such acts? And if so, how can we guard ourselves from making these choices? These are the questions at the heart of Shadows Walking, a novel about medical ethics and practices, and their consequences in Nazi Germany. Author interview by Paul Larsen, WC...
  

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Short Stories

Celestine, the cat who helped Galileo...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Another in my series, "Little Known Cats Who Have Helped Humankind." I wrote these to relieve the darkness of writing my dark novel, Shadows Walking, about a Nazi doctor......


Hypatia (born 350-370? died 415)
 by Douglas R. Skopp
This is one story for a book I am writing, titled "Twelve Like You". It will be written for twelve year olds, telling the stories of other twelve year olds who have overcome hardships and achieved fam...


Details
 by Douglas R. Skopp
May 24, 2013: I now have figured out how to properly format my story. Please take another look at this revised version, the first chapter of a proposed novel I hope to write. It concerns my father'...


Byron Luckipaw, the cat who established the first Scenic Over-look
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Another in my series, "Little Known Cats Who Have Helped Humankind." I wrote these to relieve the darkness of writing my dark novel, Shadows Walking, about a Nazi doctor......


Frou-Frou, the cat who supported the French Revolution
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Another in my series, "Little Known Cats Who Have Helped Humankind." I wrote these to relieve the darkness of writing my dark novel, Shadows Walking, about a Nazi doctor......


Amber, the cat who opposed stir-fried breakfast cereal
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Another in my series, "Little Known Cats Who Have Helped Humankind." I wrote these to relieve the darkness of writing my dark novel, Shadows Walking, about a Nazi doctor......


Thunder-and-Lightening, the cat who completed the Lincoln Tunnel
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Another in my series, "Little Known Cats Who Have Helped Humankind." I wrote these to relieve the darkness of writing my dark novel, Shadows Walking, about a Nazi doctor......


Armina, the cat who invented canned dog-food
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Another in my series, "Little Known Cats Who Have Helped Humankind." I wrote these to relieve the darkness of writing my dark novel, Shadows Walking, about a Nazi doctor......


Junius Flavius Albanius, the cat who invented the letter “u”...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Another in my series, "Little Known Cats Who Have Helped Humankind." I wrote these to relieve the darkness of writing my dark novel, Shadows Walking, about a Nazi doctor....


Indigo, the cat who encouraged Christopher Columbus
 by Douglas R. Skopp
In honor of Columbus Day, here's another of my stories about cats who've helped humankind. Hope you enjoy it......


Schmutzy, the cat who confounded hostile aliens from outer space...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Another in the series of "Cats Who Have Helped Humankind" -- Enjoy!...


Ludmilla and William the Conqueror
 by Douglas R. Skopp
It seems fitting today, September 22, the anniversary of William the Conqueror's landing in England, to tell the (tall) tale of his intrepid cat, Ludmilla. This is another story in my series about c...


Gussie, the cat who domesticated lettuce
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Here's one of a couple of dozen stories I've researched and written about cats who have, perhaps unwittingly, helped humankind... Enjoy!...



Poetry

Fireflies
 by Douglas R. Skopp
I forgot my poem, but I remember the fireflies......


Everyone singing
 by Douglas R. Skopp
By the lake, I am soothed and refreshed, renewed with purpose......


Crossing the street…
 by Douglas R. Skopp
A little girl crosses the street......


Hope is a chipmunk, too...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
With profound respect and admiration for Emily Dickinson and her poem, "Hope is a thing with feathers," here's my own "take" on "Hope" ... ...


Soon, Spring!
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Distant hillsides, covered in snow, reveal their shapes. I long for Spring, for its green pastels and the reawakening of life......


By the sundial...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Time is measured not by light alone, but in the shadows of our lives......


Side by side...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
I placed these two painted little statuettes beside the larger of two ponds in my backyard. There they have sat, watching the seasons go by. I hope you enjoy my poem and I thank you for your interes...


On a cloudless morning...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Sitting by the pond behind our home, I watched the sunlight reflected on the trees......


Log by log...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
I first wrote a version of this poem on New Year's Eve in 2007, but it still is true, at least as true as I can make it, with some tinkering and fine tuning--I hope--in 2014. And we still are gratef...


The Purpose of My Life...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Yesterday I wrote this poem, on seeing a ruby throated hummingbird hovering just outside my window. It took longer to write the poem than the hummingbird was there. I am grateful to be alive, 58 mont...


Who tells the story of these clouds?
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Clouds overhead make me wonder about their origins, their paths, their presence, here, now......


Geese
 by Douglas R. Skopp
An annual event, the geese overhead, in Fall going, in Spring coming home......


Three Haiku...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
These three Haiku, written at different times in my life, will, I hope, evoke the transience and at the same time the beauty of our world......


Under a sky alive with stars
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Geese flying southward by night remind me that my time to leave this world may be soon, too... ...


Walking With Ned
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Ned (1993-2001) was my dog. I still miss him...more than I can say....


Compelling Passion
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Tiny insects dancing in the sunlight, inspiring me to smile......


Delineations
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Rather than dwell on the separations between us, this poem urges us to consider these distinctions as ways to recognize our common identity and need for salvation......


Dancing...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
My wife has a special bond with animals......


At evening...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Life is passing, but still wonderful......



Articles

Lake Placid High School Commencement Ceremony, Lake Placid, NY, June 2013
 by Douglas R. Skopp
I was invited by the students at Lake Placid High School, Lake Placid, NY to be their Commencement Speaker at their graduation ceremony, June 2013. I have edited out the names of students, faculty, a...


Remarks at the Dedication Ceremony of the Holocaust Memorial Gallery
 by Douglas R. Skopp
These are my remarks at the Dediction Ceremony of the Holocaust Memorial Gallery in the Feinberg Library at the State University of New York, named in honor of my wife and me, November 5, 2012......


Holocaust Fatigue
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Some thoughts on "Holocaust Fatigue" and my novel, Shadows Walking ... ...


Remarks at Memorial Ceremony for Victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks
 by Douglas R. Skopp
I gave these remarks yesterday at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh for the Memorial Ceremony honoring the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks......


Why did I write Shadows Walking?
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Why would I write a novel whose protagonist is a Nazi doctor?...


Where fiction and history overlap...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Why do some readers like descriptions of violence in fiction, but avoid it if they they believe it really happened?...



News

Shadows Walking Revisited
 by Douglas R. Skopp
I have completed revisions of my novel, Shadows Walking, and also lowered the price for a paper-back or an eBook copy. Please help me publicize this on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, or any other way ...


Sorry...Shadows Walking (Kindle version) is now back to $3.99...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Shadows Walking, my novel about medical ethics and practices in Nazi Germany, is still available, but at its normal price of $3.99... ...


Less than 15 hours left...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Less than 15 hours left to purchase my novel, Shadows Walking, at a reduced price of $.99 instead of $3.99, for an eBook version (Kindle) on amazon.com......


Shadows Walking is now available for $.99 !!!
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Shadows Walking, a novel based on my archival research on medical "ethics" in Nazi Germany, is now available as an eBook (Kindle) on amazon.com ...


You're too late for the free eBook version of my novel...
 by Douglas R. Skopp
Alas, you are too late to receive a free eBook Kindle copy of my novel, Shadows Walking......


Links

Shadows Walking, A Novel
What leads men and women of good will to violate fundamental ethical principles? How do they justify their behavior? Are we all capable of such acts? And if so, how can we guard ourselves from making these choices? These are the questions at the heart of Shadows Walking, a novel about medical ethics, practices, and consequences in Nazi Germany. Shadows Walking spans nearly five decades of German history, from before World War I until after World War II. Everything in it--aside from the dialogue and situations that shape the interactions of the fictional characters-- either happened, or could have happened, exactly as described. As an historian, I pride myself on my novel's accuracy. Shadows Walking tells the story of two boyhood friends, Johann Brenner and Philip Stein. Both men are devoted to their Vaterland. Both believe wholeheartedly in the power of medical science to cure humanity of its ills. Both have become dedicated physicians. As they experience World War I, medical school, and their determined efforts to build their practices and provide for their families, they differ chiefly in only one respect: Stein is Jewish and Brenner is not. The two friends’ paths inevitably divide as Hitler comes to power. When Johann Brenner joins the Nazi Party and willingly commits “crimes against humanity,” he does so not as a psychopath like Josef Mengele or as an egotistically cruel opportunist like Carl Clauberg, just two of the novel’s many actual historical figures. Rather, Johann Brenner is an “ordinary” Nazi doctor. His understanding of the Hippocratic Oath’s first principle —“Do no harm!”—leads him to believe that his responsibility as a physician is to the entire Volk more than it is to any single patient. Meanwhile, living in Berlin under the Nazi boot, Philipp Stein’s personal and professional life is forced into a different, agonizing direction, and an inevitable, final meeting with his boyhood friend. Shadows Walking explores the choices that shaped Brenner’s and Stein’s lives. Some were beyond their control. But others, related to what E. Thomas Moran in his Foreword calls, “the skein of forces that press on an ordinary life,” were not. These choices determined their fate, and the fate of so many others.


Holocaust Memorial Gallery Dedication, SUNY Plattsburgh
The Holocaust Memorial Gallery at SUNY Plattsburgh, where my wife and I have had the honor to teach and work over the past forty years, has been named in our honor.

Reading from my novel, Shadows Walking, at Phoenix Bookstore in Burlington, Vermon
I was privileged to read from and sign copies of my novel, Shadows Walking, last summer at the Phoenix Bookstore in Burlington, Vermont...


Additional information

On November 5, 2012, the College where I taught from 1972 until I retired in 2007, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, honored my wife and me with the dedication of the Douglas and Evelyne Skopp Holocaust Memorial Art Gallery. Located in the college's library, this gallery is the site of the annual commemorations of victims of the Holocaust and genocides that I inaugurated and conducted through the latter part of my career. Two spoons brought to Auschwitz by unknown prisoners there, the gift to SUNY Plattsburgh by former Associate Professor of English Stephen Steinlight, in a metal and plexiglas cabinet by former Professor of Art Don Osborne, are on permanent display in the gallery. Now also on permanent display are two large glass sculptures, "Kristallnacht," by Jean-Jacques Duval, as well as many portrait bas relief carvings on wood panels by Dr. Herbert Savel, depicting French children killed at Auschwitz; and other works by prominent artists. Other art work will be exhibited in the gallery, too, from time to time. In addition to funding the gallery, former students and colleagues have also provided monies for student scholarships in the History Department and for an annual undergraduate essay or artistic work competition named in my honor on the theme of the Holocaust and/or other genocides. My wife and I are overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and generosity of so many of my former students and our colleagues at SUNY Plattsburgh.

 
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