Karen Auerbach

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karen_auerbach-profile1Associate Professor and Stuart E. Eizenstat Fellow

412 Hamilton Hall
CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599


BA Rutgers University, 1996
PhD Brandeis University, 2009

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Professor Auerbach’s research focuses on the social history of Polish Jews in the nineteenth and twentieth century, especially issues relating to Jewish integration, urban life, and the evolution of Polish Jewish identifications. Her first book, published in 2013, is a microhistory of Jewish families who were neighbors in an apartment building in Warsaw after the Holocaust, exploring the reconstruction of communities and identifications in postwar Poland. She is currently researching the history of Jewish publishers of Polish books in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, in particular their involvement in Polish cultural, social and political circles, as well as information networks and the history of Yiddish in Eastern Europe during the Holocaust. Auerbach’s teaching focuses on modern Jewish history, East European Jewish History and the Holocaust.

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Some Notable Publications

  • “Memory of the Holocaust in Recent Polish Historiography.” Association for Jewish Studies Review 35.1. April 2011
  • “Insiders-Outsiders: Poles and Jews in Recent Polish-Jewish Fiction and Autobiography.” Co-author with Antony Polonsky. in Insiders and Outsiders: Dilemmas of East European Jewry, edited by Richard Cohen, Jonathan Frankel and Stefani Hoffman, 2010
  • “The Fate of a Yiddish Writer in Communist Eastern Europe: The Case of Naftali Herts Kon in Poland, 1959–1965,” Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry 21, 2009

Courses Offered (as schedules allow)

For current course listings, consult the Directory of Classes.

  • HIST 190—The Search for Modern Jewish Identity
  • HNRS 353—Ghettos and Shtetls? Urban Life in East European Jewish History
  • Hist 485—Modern East European Jewish History and Culture
  • Hist 262—History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews
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