Who Will Write Our History will rely heavily on the input and oversight of top scholars in the fields of Polish-Jewish history and the Holocaust. The following scholars have agreed to be consultants for the film:

Dr. Samuel D. Kassow

Dr. Samuel D. Kassow

Dr. Kassow is an American historian of the history of Ashkenazi Jewry. He was born in a displaced persons' camp in Germany. His mother survived because a classmate hid her and her sister in a cave underneath the barn on his family's farm, his father was arrested by the Russians and spent the duration of the war in a Soviet prison camp. Kassow is the Charles Northam Professor at Trinity College. He is a consultant to the Museum of History of the Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland. His book, Who Will Write Our History? Rediscovering a Hidden Archive From the Warsaw Ghetto was published by Indiana Press in 2007.

Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt

Deborah Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. She is one of the foremost internationally recognized authors on the Holocaust. Her books include Denying the Holocaust, The Eichmann Trial and History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. Lipstadt was a consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust. In 1994, she was appointed by Bill Clinton to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, on which she served two terms.

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

A scholar of Performance and Jewish Studies and a museum professional, Ms. Kirshenblatt-Gimblett was born in Canada during the Second World War to Jewish immigrants from Poland. Professor of Performance Studies at New York University since 1981 (and distinguished University Professor since 2002), she is best known for her interdisciplinary contributions to Jewish studies and to the theory and history of museums, tourism, and heritage. She is currently Program Director of the Core Exhibition for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

Yehuda Bauer

Yehuda Bauer

Mr. Bauer is a world-renowned authority on the subjects of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. He was the founding editor of the Journal for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and served on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. In recent years, Bauer has received recognition for his work in the field of Holocaust studies and the prevention of genocide. In 1998, he was the recipient of the Israel Prize, the highest civilian award in Israel. In 2001, he was elected a Member of the Israeli Academy of Science. Yehuda Bauer is Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University Jerusalem and serves as academic adviser to Yad Vashem.

Dr. Havi Dreifuss

Havi Dreifuss

Havi Dreifuss is a historian of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe and a senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. In 2005 she received her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University for her work on "Poland and Poles in the eyes of Polish Jews during the Second World War, 1939-1944." Her research deals with various aspects of everyday life in the Holocaust, including the relationship between Jews and Poles, religious life in light of the Holocaust, and Jewish existence facing the extermination. Her book, We the Polish Jews? Relations Between Jews and Poles During the Holocaust From the Jewish Perspective, was published by Yad Vashem (2009).

Antony Polonsky

Antony Polonsky

Antony Polonsky is Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University. He is the author of Politics in Independent Poland: A History of Eastern Europe since 1918 and co-author of The History of Poland Since 1863. He is the editor of numerous books including Abraham Lewin’s A Cup of Tears: A Diary of the Warsaw Ghetto which was awarded the Joseph and Edith Sunlight Literary Prize in 1989 and the prize of the Jewish Book Council of America in the Holocaust section in 1990. He is also the editor of POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry of which twenty-three volumes have appeared. POLIN was the winner of the 1999 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Eastern European Studies.

Dr. David Roskies

David Roskies

David Roskies holds the Sol and Evelyn Henkind Chair in Yiddish Literature and Culture and is professor of Jewish Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. A prolific author, editor, and scholar, he has published nine books and received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work Night Words: A Midrash on the Holocaust, one of the first liturgies on the subject ever to appear, has entered its fifth edition and was adapted into Hebrew. In 2007, Dr. Roskies served as the J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Roskies is the editor of The Literature of Destruction: Jewish Responses to Catastrophe.

Jacek Leociak

Jacek Leociak

Jacek Leociak is a lecturer in the Institute of Literary Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, head of the Holocaust Literature Studies Department of the Institute, member of the Polish Centre for Holocaust Research of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His recent publications include: Text in the Face of Destruction. Accounts from the Warsaw Ghetto Reconsidered (2004, Polish edition 1997), and (co-author with Barbara Engelking), The Warsaw Getto. A Guide to the Perished City (2009, Polish edition 2001).

Henry Sapoznik

Henry Sapoznik

Henry Sapoznik is an award winning producer, musicologist and performer and writer in the fields of traditional and popular Yiddish and American music and culture. Sapoznik, a five-time Grammy nominated producer, won the 2002 Peabody award for his 13-part NPR series The Yiddish Radio Project his collection upon which it was based was acquired by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. Sapoznik’s score for the 1998 documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg was nominated for an Emmy while his book Klezmer! Jewish Music From Old World to Our World won the 2000 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music History. Sapoznik recently retired from directing the internationally acclaimed event “KlezKamp: The Yiddish Folk Arts Program” since beginning it in 1985. He is currently the Founding Director of the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Jan Grabowski

Jan Grabowski

Jan Grabowski is a Polish historian of the Holocaust and a professor at the University of Ottawa. Jan publishes in both English and Polish and splits his time between Ottawa and Warsaw. His books, including Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland, delve into the complicity of some Poles in the murder of their Jewish compatriots—a subject that remains controversial in Poland to this day. Recently, Jan published an article of newly discovered information about the role of the Polish Police in the discovery of the bunker and arrest of Emanuel Ringelblum and the 37 other people with whom he was hiding on the Aryan side of Warsaw. Jan’s insight and access to Polish sources and perspectives on the story are invaluable.

Michael Berenbaum

Michael Berenbaum

Michael Berenbaum is an American scholar, professor, rabbi, writer, and filmmaker, who specializes in the study of the memorialization of the Holocaust. He is perhaps best known for his work as Deputy Director of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust (1979–1980), Project Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) (1988–1993), and Director of the USHMM’s Holocaust Research Institute (1993–1997); as such, Berenbaum played a major role in the creation of the USHMM and the content of its permanent exhibition. From 1997-1999, Berenbaum served as President and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, and subsequently as Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust, located at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

Karolina Szymaniak

Karolina Szymaniak

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.

Tamar Ketko

Tamar Ketko

Dr. Tamar Ketko is Head of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching Department at Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is a renowned Holocaust scholar and has published several books, the most recent one being Ice Creatures—Education in the Service of Nazism (2016). Dr. Ketko has worked on several research-based media projects. She is the creator, head writer and leading researcher for the 2008 documentary series Nashim Bemilchama (Women at War), which aired on Israel’s national broadcasting authority, Channel 1. Dr. Ketko received her PhD in Philosophy from Tel Aviv University in 2007.

Lisa Moses Leff

Lisa Moses Leff

Lisa Leff is a historian of 19th and 20th century Europe whose research focuses on Jews in France. Her first book, Sacred Bonds of Solidarity (Stanford UP, 2006), examines the rise of Jewish international aid in 19th century France. Her second book, The Archive Thief (Oxford University Press, 2015), was awarded the 2016 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature, and was a finalist for a 2015 National Jewish Book Award.

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