Andrew Himel

M.A. Student

Background

I am returning to school to pursue graduate studies after a long hiatus and a gratifying career in business.

My academic area of interest, as reflected in my proposed MA thesis, is the intersection of Jewish culture and German life in Weimar Germany. I will be examining this through the lens of the (German-language) Encyclopaedia Judaica, which was begun in 1928 and abruptly halted before completion (they made it to the letter ā€œLā€). As such, I am pursuing the MA in Yiddish Studies.

I graduated with a B.Sc. from University of Toronto in 1983 (Hons 1984), majoring in microbiology and human biology. In 1989, I graduated with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard University.

I lived in Germany for nearly fifteen years in both Hamburg and Berlin and was there during Reunification. After the fall of the Wall, I worked on the redevelopment of the historic Potsdamer Platz. I am currently a board member of Heritage Toronto.