Dr. Michael Steinlauf teaches Jewish history and culture at Gratz College near Philadelphia. He holds an MA in Literature from Colombia University and a doctorate in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. He is a contributing editor to the YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, published by Yale University Press in 2008, and the co-editor, with Antony Polonsky, of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, v. 16 (2003), the first collection of studies focusing on Jewish popular culture in Poland and its contemporary afterlife. He is the author of Bondage to the Dead: Poland and the Memory of the Holocaust (1997), which examines how the experience of witnessing the Holocaust shaped Polish history and consciousness in the half century after the war. His writings have been translated into Hebrew, Polish, German and Italian. Dr. Steinlauf has also been active in various kinds of Jewish memory work in Poland; he has lectured at the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, taught in the Musicians’ Raft program organized by the Borderlands Foundation in Sejny, Poland, and served as chief historical advisor and curator of modern Jewish culture for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. He is currently at work on a study of the Yiddish writer and activist Y. L. Peretz.
Michael Steinlauf will present a lecture entitled: “Paths Which Divert From Yiddishkayt”: Y. L. Peretz vs. Hillel Zeitlin in Warsaw, 1911.