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Virtual Event: Jews Hiding among Non-Jews in Eastern Poland during Holocaust to be Discussed

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Natalia Aleksiun

MAHWAH, N.J. – On February 9 at 7 p.m. Natalia Aleksiun, currently a scholar at the Warsaw Institute of Advanced Study and soon-to-be the Henry Rich Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Florida, will discuss the research she has conducted about “Jews Hiding and Passing as Gentiles in Eastern Galicia.” Then Nazi-occupied Poland, after World War II the area was given to Soviet Union and became part of Ukraine, which it is to this day. Dr. Aleksiun will be in conversation with Dr. Maya Poran, associate professor of Psychology at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The program will take place under the auspices of The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and will be delivered remotely via Zoom. All wishing to attend may register at:

During the Nazi occupation of Eastern Galicia, Jewish men, women and children struggled to survive by hiding, often thanks to the aid of non-Jewish protectors. Dr. Aleksiun examines their daily experiences, how people passed the time together and cared for one another. Jewish written and oral testimonies suggest that traditional roles persisted, shaping survival strategies and relations among Jews in hiding.

Natalia Aleksiun is currently a fellow at the Warsaw Institute for Advanced Study. Next academic year, she will be the Harry Rich Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Florida. Previously, she was an associate professor of Modern Jewish History in the Graduate School of Jewish Studies at Touro College, New York. She studied Polish and Jewish history at Warsaw University, the Graduate School of Social Studies in Warsaw, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and New York University.

This program is supported by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Dr. Aleksiun’s articles have been published in Yad Vashem Studies, Polish Review, Dapim, East European Jewish Affairs, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Polin, Gal Ed, East European Societies and Politics and German History.

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

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.  

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