Louis Snyder


Louis L. Snyder, an Annapolis native who was an authority on the rise and fall of Nazi Germany and the author of more than 60 books, died Nov. 25 at the Princeton, N.J., Medical Center. He was 86 and lived in Princeton.

The cause was cholangitis, an infection of the bile ducts, said his physician, Dr. Louis Jourdain.

A retired University Professor of History at the City College of New York, he was the author most recently of "Hitler's Elite" (1989). It dealt with such high-ranking Nazis as Field Marshal Hermann Goering, SS leader Heinrich Himmler and Julius Streicher.

He also wrote "Encyclopedia of the Third Reich: Varieties of German Nationalism" (1976), "Roots of German Nationalism" (1978) and "Diplomacy in Iron" (1985).

He was born in Annapolis and was a cum laude graduate of St. John's College. He earned his doctorate at the University of Frankfurt-am-Main in Germany in 1931. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ida Mae Brown Snyder.

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