My current book project examines daily life and ethnic relations in extremis. This study focuses on the Holocaust in Kraków, Poland, from the perspective of Jewish children’s experiences. I approach the topic from multiple angles – the German authorities, Jewish community, gentile neighbors, the Jewish family, and the youth themselves – to widen the view of Polish Jewish life during the Holocaust by giving voice and agency to the youngest victims of persecution.
My research has been supported by the Fulbright Program, Yad Vashem, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Proventus, the Hadassah Brandeis Institute, German Historical Institute in Warsaw, American Institute of Polish Culture, Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union, Polish Student Organization, and Clark University.
This project stems from my dissertation, titled Concealed Presence: Jewish Children in German-Occupied Kraków (Clark University, 2016). My dissertation committee included Professors Debórah Dwork (chair, Clark University), Jan T. Gross (Princeton University), and Samuel D. Kassow (Trinity College).