Natalia Aleksiun to present 'Family Networks and Surviving the Holocaust'

The lecture is a part of Penn State Harrisburg's Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies speaker series

The Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies at Penn State Harrisburg will present a lecture by Natalia Aleksiun, an expert on Eastern European Holocaust survival research, titled “Family Networks and Surviving the Holocaust in Eastern Europe” at noon Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Mukund S. Kulkarni Theatre in the Student Enrichment Center (SEC).

Aleksiun is a professor of modern Jewish history at Touro College’s Graduate School of Jewish Studies in New York. She received her doctorate from Warsaw University in 2001, for which her dissertation about the Zionist movement in Poland won the Polish Prime Minister's Award for doctoral students in 2002. In 2010, she received her second doctorate from New York University for her dissertation titled, "Ammunition in the Struggle for National Rights: Jewish Historians in Poland between the Two World Wars.”

Aleksiun co-edited both the 20th volume of “Polin,” titled “Making Holocaust Memory,” and the 29th volume, titled “Writing Jewish History in Eastern Europe.” Her book titled, “Conscious History: Polish Jewish Historians before the Holocaust” will be published in 2019. She is currently working on two books about the so-called cadaver affair at European universities in the 1920s and 1930s and the daily lives of Jews hiding in Galicia during the Holocaust.

This event is free and available to the public. Parking will be available in the library parking lot. Light refreshments (nonkosher) will be served outside the theater. For additional information, contact Professor Neil Leifert, center director, at 717-580-2954.