Events

APRIL 22, 2021 / 12 P.M.- 1:15 P.M. Eastern Time (U.S. and Canada)

“In Honor of Barbara Engelking and Jan Grabowski: New Scholarship on the History and Memory of the Holocaust in Poland”


JOANNA SLIWA, Ph.D.


Historian, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany


Program Chair and Moderator


Jewish Childhood in Kraków: A Microhistory of the Holocaust, awarded the 2020 Fraenkel Prize


MIRANDA BRETHOUR


Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, The Graduate Center-CUNY


Panelist


“Life and Death in the Shadow of Sobibór: Economic Dimensions of Jewish-Gentile Relations in the Town of Włodawa, 1939-1944”



This paper traces the lines of communication between the Sobibór extermination camp and the Eastern Polish town of Włodawa to explore how knowledge of the mechanisms of extermination shaped Jewish-Gentile interactions during the Holocaust. Drawing on court documents and postwar testimonies, the paper illuminates how widespread local awareness of the murder of Jews at Sobibór drove the plunder and take-over of ‘post-Jewish’ goods and property in and around the town.


ALICJA PODBIELSKA


Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, Clark University


Panelist


“The Righteous or Szmalcowniks?! Narrative of Rescue v. Holocaust Scholarship”


How is the commemoration of assistance to Jews used to distort history and suppress research on the Holocaust in Poland? 


JONATHAN ZISOOK


Doctoral Candidate, PhD Program in Sociology, The Graduate Center-CUNY


Panelist


“‘Polityka Historyczna’ and the Instrumentalization of the Holocaust in Contemporary Poland”


This paper will explore the diverse political strategies employed by the Polish government to distort and instrumentalize the Holocaust as a constitutive feature of its “policy on history” (polityka historyczna). 


With comments from Profs. Engelking and Grabowski to follow.

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