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Associate Professor; Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat Scholar in Jewish History
Curriculum Vitae


BA Rutgers University, 1996
PhD Brandeis University, 2009

Research Interests

Professor Auerbach’s research focuses on the social history of Polish Jews in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Her first book, The House at Ujazdowskie 16: Jewish Families in Warsaw after the Holocaust, 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. Her second book, The Nighttime Butterfly: A Young Woman in Warsaw at the Turn of the Century, is under contract with Yale University Press. Professor Auerbach’s other projects include information networks and the history of Yiddish in Eastern Europe during the Holocaust. Her teaching focuses on modern Jewish history, the Holocaust, and East European history.

Some Notable Publications

  • “The Social World of a Catholic Woman and Her Jewish Family in Fin-de-Siècle Warsaw: Religious Change, Polish Culture and National Identity.” Forthcoming in the Journal of Modern History, December 2022.
  • Co-editor, double issue of East European Jewish Affairs: “Yiddish and the City” (with Nick Underwood), volume 50, issues 1/2. September 2020.
  • Aftermath: Genocide, Memory and History (editor). Monash University Publishing, 2015
  • The House at Ujazdowskie 16: Jewish Families in Warsaw after the Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 2013)
  • “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

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

For current information about course offerings, click here.

  • HIST 89-001—First Year Seminar: Diaries, Memoirs, and Testimonies of the Holocaust
  • HIST 153—From Bible to Broadway: Jewish History from Ancient to Modern
  • HIST 190—The Search for Modern Jewish Identity
  • HIST 262—History of the Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews
  • HIST 311H—Ghettos and Shtetls? Urban Life in East European Jewish History
  • HIST 332.001—Identity and Community in Modern Jewish History
  • HIST 481.001—From Communists to Capitalists: Eastern Europe since 1945
  • HIST 485—Modern East European Jewish History and Culture