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How Jewish Families Reconstructed Their Lives in Warsaw After The Holocaust to be Explored

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 9, 2013

(MAHWAH, NJ)  –“Jews Return to Warsaw after World War II will be the title of a talk to be given by Karen Auerbach at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Monday, September 30 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Alumni Lounges of the Robert A. Scott Student Center. Ramapo College’s Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Hillel will co-sponsor the program.

Dr. Auerbach will discuss her book, “The House at Ujazdowskie 16: Jewish Families in Warsaw after the Holocaust,” published by Indiana University Press in June. It examines how 10 Jewish families began reconstructing their lives after the Holocaust in a turn-of-the-century, once elegant building in the center of Warsaw. While most surviving Polish Jews were making their homes in new countries, these families rebuilt on the rubble of the Polish capital and created new communities as they sought to distance themselves from the memory of a painful past. Based on interviews with family members, intensive research in archives, and the families’ personal papers and correspondence, Auerbach presents an engrossing story of loss and rebirth, political faith and disillusionment, and the persistence of Jewishness.

Karen Auerbach is the Kronhill Lecturer in East European Jewish History at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Michigan and at Yad Vashem and previously taught at the University of Southampton in England, Virginia Tech, and Brown University. Beginning in 2014 she will be an assistant professor of History and the Stuart E. Eizenstat Fellow at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She is from New Jersey and was a journalist for The Star-Ledger of Newark, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Forward (N.Y.).  She completed her Ph.D. in History at Brandeis University in 2009.

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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