Statement in Support of Scholars of the Holocaust in Poland

The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity (The Graduate Center—City University of New York) protests the pressure exerted by Polish state institutions on scholars of the Holocaust, and the concerted campaign against Professors Barbara Engelking and Jan Grabowski in particular. As scholars, we stand in solidarity with these historians of the Holocaust and their meticulous efforts to determine and report objective historical truth. We expect that Poland’s institutions of justice will show their independence from political influence, and that the government of Poland will, like other democratic countries, demonstrate its courage and continued self-confident commitment to creating an environment in which internationally respected scholars can pursue their research without fear of retribution.

Debórah Dwork, Center Director

Center Advisory Board:

Elissa Bemporad, Ungar Chair in East European Jewish History and the Holocaust, Professor, Department of History, Queens College, and Graduate Center-CUNY

Francesca Bregoli, Joseph and Oro Halegua Chair in Greek and Sephardic Jewish Studies, Associate Professor, Department of History, Queens College, and Graduate Center-CUNY

Dagmar Herzog, Distinguished Professor of History, Graduate Center-CUNY

Benjamin Carter Hett, Professor, Department of History, Hunter College and Graduate Center-CUNY.

Eli Karetny, Deputy Director, Ralph Bunche Institute 

Zachariah Mampilly, Marxe Endowed Chair of International Affairs at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, CUNY.

Steven Remy, Professor, Department of History, Brooklyn College and History Program, Graduate Center-CUNY

Victoria Sanford, Professor of Anthropology, Lehman College; Founding Director, Center for Human Rights & Peace Studies; Doctoral Faculty, Department of Anthropology, Graduate Center-CUNY

John Torpey, Presidential Professor of Sociology and History, Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, Graduate Center-CUNY

Eric Weitz, Distinguished Professor of History, City College and Graduate Center-CUNY

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