Karolina Szymaniak is Assistant Professor at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland, where she heads the Yiddish Culture Unit at the Wrocław University (Jewish Studies Department). She is a researcher, editor and language instructor with a PhD in literary and cultural studies.
She was the editor-in-chief of Cwiszn (Tsivshn), a Polish-language literary and arts quarterly devoted to Yiddish culture. She serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Polish Association for Yiddish Studies and the Program Committee of the Michal Friedman Foundation for Hebrew and Yiddish Literatures.
Dr. Szymaniak is the editor of Rachel Auerbach's ghetto writings, a first full and annotated edition of Auerbach's most important text from 1941-1942. The book received the 2016 Polityka History Award for the best edition of sources.