Stanley Sheinbaum, American peace and human rights activist, Died at 96

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Stanley K. Sheinbaum was born on June 12, 1920, and died on September 12, 2016.

He was an American peace and human rights activist.

Stanley’s father was in the leather goods business.

His family lost its money during the Great Depression.

During high school, Sheinbaum took a job after school as a sewing machine operator.

Stanley was drafted into the army during World War II and assigned to making aviation maps.

After been discharged, he applied to 33 colleges on the GI Bill, but was rejected due to his poor grades.

He decided to return to high school, and after graduating, was accepted at Oklahoma State University–Stillwater (Oklahoma A&M), where he excelled.

Stanley transferred to Stanford University and became an economics teacher, after only one year.

Sheinbaum subsequently accepted a position at Michigan State University teaching economics.

There, Sheinbaum became the administrator of a 54-person project named Michigan State University Vietnam Advisory Group (MSUG) which advised the unstable government of South Vietnam on how to prevent Communism.

Eventually, Sheinbaum discovered that the university was providing cover for an ongoing Central Intelligence Agency operation.

During 1959, Sheinbaum resigned from the project.

While he was doing research into America’s involvement in Southeast Asia, journalist Robert Scheer discovered the MSUG project.

Stanley discovered documents providing evidence that MSUG had been involved in the torture of Vietnamese nationals.

In these documents was a list of those involved with the project, including Sheinbaum, whom Scheer contacted. Appalled with the revelations, Sheinbaum went public with the information and became an active opponent of the Vietnam War.

However, because of his actions, he was dismissed from the think tank.

Stanley K. Sheinbaum passed away at 96 years old.