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For immediate release: October 13, 2010
Media contact: Joy Scharfstein, (609) 258-8386, jscharfs@princeton.edu

'Holocaust in Poland' conference at Princeton, Oct. 29-30

A two-day conference, "The Holocaust in Poland: New Findings and New Interpretations," will be held Friday and Saturday Oct. 29-30 at Princeton University's Burr Hall, Room 219.

According to Jan Gross, the Norman B. Tomlinson '16 and '48 Professor of War and Society at Princeton University, scholars from Poland who are working with new archival sources pertaining to the wartime history of Polish Jews will join Western academics who have written about the subject in an interdisciplinary and interpretive manner to develop "new insights and a better understanding of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe." Gross organized the conference with Jan Grabowski, a professor of history at the University of Ottawa, whose ongoing research focuses on the extermination of the Jewish population in Poland and the Shoah.

Conference participants include Natalia Aleksiun, Touro College; Omer Bartov, Brown University; Christopher Browning, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; David Engle, New York University; Barbara Engelking, Polish Academy of Sciences; Benjamin Frommer, Northwestern University; Agnieszka Haska, Polish Academy of Sciences; Michael Meng, Clemson University; Krzysztof Persak, Institute of National Memory; Jakub Petelewicz, Polish Academy of Sciences and Warsaw University; Monika Polit, Polish Academy of Sciences; Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University; Alina Skibinska, Polish Academy of Sciences; Jean-Charles Szurek, National Center for Scientific Research and University of Paris X; Johanna Tokarska-Bakir, Polish Academy of Sciences and Warsaw University; and Andrzej Zbikowski, Jewish Historical Institute and Polish Academy of Sciences.

The conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. It is open to the public and the media, but registration is required. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 26. Contact Jayne Bialkowski, at jayne@princeton.edu or (609) 258-2635, for more information and to register. The conference agenda is posted online on the website of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; and click on the link for the conference.

The event is cosponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Department of History, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, the Council of the Humanities, the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Center for the Study of Religion and the University Center for Human Values.

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