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Bob Hamrdla

Bob Hamrdla, ’59, MA ’64, has been teaching at Stanford University for more than 35 years, most recently in the Continuing Studies Program. Fluent in German and a specialist on Central Europe and Nazi Germany, as well as the former German Democratic Republic, Bob has introduced thousands of Stanford students and alumni to Central and Eastern Europe. He has visited these areas – in particular eastern Germany – virtually every year for the past 50 years, and his unfettered enthusiasm for the region is infectious. A former assistant to the president of Stanford University and secretary to the board of trustees, Bob also served as the director of Stanford’s Overseas Study Centers in Beutelsbach, Berlin and Kraków. He has led more than 40 Travel/Study programs in Central Europe.

“Bob’s love of Central Europe is infectious. Bob’s lectures and knowledge of Central Europe – the depth of history he gives – made this Stanford trip a level above trips by other travel companies.”

Sylvia Tait McGrouther, '57, Elbe River Suitcase Seminar, 2010


  • Professor, German Studies, Stanford University
  • Assistant to the President, Stanford University
Academic History:

  • BS, Mathematics, 1959, Stanford University
  • MA, History, 1964, Stanford University

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