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30 April 2024 – The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures mourns the passing of  Sterling Professor of German and Comparative Literature Emeritus Peter Demetz, a titan of 19th-20th-century German and comparative literary studies. Demetz, born in Prague in 1922 into a German-speaking Jewish-Catholic family, was a survivor of Nazi persecution who eventually emigrated to the United States in 1952. He studied and then taught at Yale, where he spent 35  years.