College Professor Faced with Bias Charge

ThoughtCrime: 02/12/94
Published: 1994-02-12

"Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death."
George Orwell

A professor of sociology is facing a bias charge for taking issue with a work of fiction. Clyde Magarelli, a professor at William Patterson College disagreed with the premise of Steven Spielberg's film, Schindler's List. Professor Magarelli told his class that more Jews were killed in factories run by Nazi industrialists than in concentration camps. Spielberg's film was based on a novel by author Thomas Keneally.

One of Professor Magarelli's students, Paul Krassen, of Huntington Valley, Pa., who is Jewish, filed a bias complaint with the college against the professor for his comments.

Professor Clyde Magarelli has recounted that he was merely taking issue with the film Schindler's List and its portrayal of how Oskar Schindler, a Nazi industrialist, saved more than 1,000 of his Jewish workers from the Holocaust.


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