Touro Professor Keynotes Kristallnacht Conference

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Dr. Natalia Aleksiun, associate professor of modern Jewish history at the Touro College Graduate School of Jewish Studies, was the keynote speaker at the recent Drew University Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study’s Annual Conference commemorating Kristallnacht, titled “The Holocaust in Poland: A terrible yet extraordinary history.” In her talk, Dr. Aleksiun focused on the campaign of mass murder under the Nazi occupation. She addressed the importance of local studies for the better understanding of such key issues as the chronology of Nazi anti-Jewish policies, Jewish responses to persecution, and the complex web of relations between Jewish victims and bystanders. Dr. Aleksiun, who has earned two doctorates, was the 2011–2012 recipient of the Pearl Resnick Postdoctoral Fellowship at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she conducted research for her project on “Daily Survival: Social history of Jews in family bunkers in Eastern Galicia.”

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