Ruth Bettina Birn

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Ruth Bettina Birn is chief historian of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Canadian Justice department, where she assists in prosecuting Nazi war criminals in Canada.

She earned her doctorate at the University of Stuttgart, the German city where she was born in 1952. After postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the mid-1980s, she became an adviser to the Nazi-hunting arm of the U.S. government, the Office of Special Investigations. Then, in 1991, she won an international competition to become the lead historian for the Canadian equivalent of the OSI, moving to Ottawa where she now lives.

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