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Scholar to Discuss Her Work on Jewish Survivors Returning to Poland after Holocaust

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 23, 2019

Dr. Monika Rice

MAHWAH, N.J. – Dr. Monika Rice, Director of Holocaust and Genocide Studies Programs at Gratz College in Philadelphia, will speak on Thursday, February 28 at noon in the H-wing Auditorium (H-129) at Ramapo College of New Jersey about her recently published book, “What! Still Alive?!” Jewish Survivors in Poland and Israel Remember Homecoming. The program, presented under the auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, is free and open to the public.

In her book, Rice examines the complex memories of Jewish survivors returning to their homes in Poland after the Holocaust. Having found themselves no longer welcome by their Polish neighbors, many chose to settle in the new state of Israel and they left unparalleled testimonies of their first impressions with the Jewish historical commissions from 1944 to 1950. Through close readings of these firsthand narratives, Rice traces the ways in which the passage of time and a changing geopolitical context influenced the survivors’ memories. An intricate history emerges in which survivors’ memories from the initial account after their return to Poland and subsequent accounts become transformed.

Rice earned her Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University and her M.A. and B.A. in Cultural Anthropology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland. She teaches courses in Catholic Studies and Jewish-Christian Studies, including Catholic-Jewish Dialogue on the Holocaust: A Catholic Perspective and Modern Women of Faith. Currently, her larger research project is focused on investigating postwar mixed identities of Polish-Jewish doctors. She has been a recipient of several prestigious fellowships and grants, among them: the Claims Conference Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies, Albert Abramson Fellowship in Holocaust Studies, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the Kosciuszko Foundation. She has also been a selected participant in several international scholarly workshops and seminars at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, and others. Rice’s articles, book chapters, and reviews have been published in edited volumes and academic journals (Yad Vashem Studies, Holocaust Studies, Polin, etc.).

For information or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact or call 201-684-7409.


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 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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