Robert H. Abzug

As Interviewed by Dean Wysocki, March 8, 2017
"Those were some of the risks and I don't think it discouraged anyone, I think it just hardened us all to the fact that this might be what was happening and it was all the more to protest the war."
Robert H. Abzug

Introductory Profile: About Robert H. Abzug

Dr. Robert H. Abzug has a large corner-office in Garrison Hall which overlooks the UT tower. I met Dr. Abzug through my mother, who is a colleague of his in the history department at the University of Texas. Dr. Abzug came to Texas in 1978 after teaching at UCLA. He was the founding Director of the Liberal Arts Honors Program at the University of Texas from 1996-2002. He was also the founding Director of the Center for Jewish Studies in 2007. Dr. Abzug was a very articulate man who was clearly passionate about his past and his role in the anti-war movement in the 1960s.

Even at a young age, Dr. Abzug was involved in the movement to oppose U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. He, like many other young people, was opposed to fighting in a war they didn't believe in and that their parents wanted to send them to. Many returning veterans had horrible stories to tell about what they had seen and what the U.S. was doing. Dr. Abzug was not drafted due to a special case of “flat” feet. He wanted to help other people avoid the draft so they wouldn't have to participate in the war they didn’t believe in. This is his story.