Touro Professor Dr. Natalia Aleksiun Delivers Keynote at Drew University Annual Conference Commemorating Kristallnacht

Date: December 13, 2012
Dr. Natalia Aleksiun
Dr. Natalia Aleksiun
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New York, N.Y. – 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 - Jewish Catastrophe, Destruction, or the (Yiddish) Hurben – as Polish Jews referred to the 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.”