Amanda J. Schaeffer is a graduate of the American University (AU) in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in International Studies and German Studies. While at AU, Amanda spent two semesters as an intern in the Victims Name Registry at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. While there Amanda met survivors and worked on creating lists of non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust and the development of the concentration camp system, while gaining valuable archival research skills. In 2007-2008, she was a member of the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, a year-long U.S. State Department funded scholarship to Germany. During that year Amanda lived in Mannheim, Germany, studying at the Universität Mannheim and interning at the European Headquarters of John Deere & Company. Amanda also gained fluency in German, which led to her interest in German translation.
According to Amanda, “I’m looking forward to working together with the Jewish Federation of Reading and Albright College to move the Holocaust Library and Resource Center into its 20th year with great success. I look forward to meeting members of the Jewish community and particularly Holocaust survivors in the area, in order to continue the strong legacy of Daniel Tannenbaum and Jennifer Goss in creating a home for Holocaust studies in Reading at the Holocaust Library and Resource Center.”
Amanda is a Senior Research Associate at Stevens & Lee in Reading. Born and raised in Fleetwood, Amanda currently resides in Shillington with her fiance, Jason Hornberger.