Nancy Sinkoff, "Singed by History: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, Polish-Jewish Relations, and Holocaust Historiography"
Thursday, 3 December 2020
4 p.m. EST
Zoom Webinar (Details will be provided in confirmation email after registering for the event)
Nancy Sinkoff will discuss her new book, From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History, the first comprehensive biography of Dawidowicz (1915–1990), a pioneer historian in the field that is now called Holocaust studies. This lecture will focus on Dawidowicz’s view of Polish-Jewish relations, which was informed by her fateful year living in Vilna, Poland in 1938-39, experience working with refugee scholars at the New York YIVO during the war, and the all-encompassing culture of the Cold War. All these components shaped her historiographic perspective on writing the history of the destruction of East European Jewry.
Nancy Sinkoff is Professor of Jewish Studies and History at Rutgers University, where she serves as the Academic Director of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. Nancy Sinkoff is the author of Out of the Shtetl: Making Jews Modern in the Polish Borderlands, which has recently been reissued digitally with a new preface (Brown Judaic Studies, 2020), From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History, and the co-edited volume (with Rebecca Cypess), Sara Levy’s World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin, which won the outstanding book prize from the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society. Nancy Sinkoff is a recipient of numerous fellowships, including those from the Mellon Foundation, the IIE Fulbright Association, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University’s Beinecke Library, the Frankel Center at the University of Michigan, the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, and the USC Shoah Foundation. In 2016-2017, she was the Elizabeth J. Dilworth Fellow in Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ.