Natalia Aleksiun is Asistant Professor of Modern Jewish History at Touro College, Graduate School of Jewish Studies, New York. She studied Polish and Jewish history at the Warsaw University, the Graduate School of Social Studies in Warsaw and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She received her doctorate from Warsaw University in 2001. Her dissertation appeared in print as Where to? The Zionist Movement in Poland , 1944-1950 (in Polish) in 2002. In 2010, she received her second PhD from New York University based on her dissertation entitled: “Ammunition in the Struggle for National Rights: Jewish Historians in Poland between the Two World Wars”. She has taught at Jagiellonian University in Cracow and Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. Her publications include: “The Central Jewish Historical Commission in Poland , 1944-1947” Polin vol. 20, (2007); “Polish Historians Respond to Jedwabne” in Rethinking Poles and Jews: Troubled Past, Brighter Future (2007); “The Polish Catholic Church and the Jewish Question in Poland, 1944-1948” in Yad Vashem Studies, vol. 33 (2005); “Polish Jewish Historians before 1918: Configuring the Liberal East European Jewish Intelligentsia” in East European Jewish Affairs, vol. 34 (2004); “In a Vicious Circle: Jews and Communism in Poland” in Studies in Contemporary Jewry, vol. 19, (2004) and “Polish Historiography of the Holocaust – Between Silence and Public Debate” in German History vol. 22 (2004).
Natalia Aleksiun will present a lecture entitled: From Galicia to Warsaw: Interwar Historians of Polish Jewry.