Title

Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies

Degree

D.Phil., Oxford University

Field of Specialty

East European Jewish history. Holocaust studies.

Contact Information

Lown Center for Judaica Studies 110
781-736-2980
polonsky@brandeis.edu

Antony Polonsky

AAntony Polonsky was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and studied history and political science at the University of the Witwatersrand. He went to England on a Rhodes Scholarship in 1961 and read modern history at Worcester College and St Antony’s College. In 1970, he was appointed lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science and in 1989 was awarded the title of Professor. In 1992 he was appointed Visiting Professor of East European Jewish History at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA where, in 1993, he was granted the Walter Stern Hilborn Chair in Judaic and Social Studies and was Chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from 1995 to 1998. In 1999, he was appointed Albert Abramson Professor of Holocaust Studies, an appointment held jointly at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Brandeis University. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Warsaw, the Institute for the Human Sciences, Vienna and the University of Cape Town, Skirball visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Senior Associate Member of Saint Antony’s College, Oxford and Honorary Research Fellow at University College, London.

He is the author of Politics in Independent Poland (Oxford,1972); The Little Dictators. A History of Eastern Europe since 1918 (Routledge, 1975, Japanese edition, 1993) and The Great Powers and the Polish Question 1941-1945 (LSE, 1976) and co-author of The History of Poland since 1863 (Cambridge, 1981, paperback, 1983, 1985) and The Beginnings of Communist Rule in Poland (Routledge, 1981). He is the editor of numerous books including Abraham Lewin’s A Cup of Tears: A Diary of the Warsaw Ghetto (Blackwell, 1988, paperback, 1990, French edition, 1991, Japanese edition, 1992) 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, ‘My Brother’s Keeper?’ Recent Polish Debates about the Holocaust (Routledge, 1990) and (with Joanna Michlic), The Neighbors Respond: The Controversy over the Jedwabne Massacre in Poland (Princeton University Press, 2004). 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 and runner up in the same section in 2006. He has also published numerous articles on Polish and Jewish history. His most recent work is The Jews in Poland and Russia volume 1, 1350-1881; volume 2, 1881-1914 (Oxford, 2010); volume 3, 1914-2008 (Oxford, 2012). In 2011, the book has been awarded the Kulczycki Prize of the American Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies for the best book in any discipline on any aspect of Polish affairs. In 2012, the book was awarded the Pro historia Polonorum prize by the Senate of the Republic of Poland for the best book on Polish history in a foreign language published in the last five years. A one volume abridgement of this was published as The Jews in Poland-Lithuania and Russia: A Short History. (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2013).


Dr. Polonsky was a founder and is now vice-president of the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies in Oxford and of the American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies, Cambridge, MA. He was for six years a member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and was a member of its Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Committee and Chairman of the Academic and Educational sub-committee of this Committee. He is an editor of The Library of Holocaust Testimonies. He is an honorary research fellow in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College, London, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Mordekhai Anieliewicz Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Warsaw, of the Jewish University in Moscow, of the International Advisory Council of Sefer, the Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization in Moscow, of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook and of the Editorial Board of Central Europe. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Polish American-Jewish American Task Force and an Associate of the Ukrainian Research Institute of Harvard University. He is joint chair of the committee to publish in English the post-war testimonies collected by the Jewish Historical Commission in Poland. He was for many years a member of the Inter-university film consortium in London and was the producer and director of a 55 minute documentary on Fascism. He was also a consultant for the documentary series, The Struggles for Poland. He has appeared frequently on radio and television as a commentator on Polish and Jewish matters. In 1999, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and in 2006 the Rafael Scharf award for outstanding achievement in preserving and making known the heritage of Polish Jewry. In 2007 he was awarded the biannual Gantz-Zahler Prize in Nonfiction Publishing by the Foundation of Jewish Culture and in 2008 the Oskar Halecki prize of the Polish American Historical Association for contributing to the understanding the Polish experience in the United States. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary doctorate at Warsaw University. In 2011 he was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Polonia Restituta and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Indpendent Lithuania. He is a member of the, International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania and Chief Historian of the Permanent Exhibition, Museum of Polish Jews, Warsaw.

Publications

Antony Polonsky. "‘Introduction’." Regina Grol, Saving the Tremors of Past Lives: A Cross-generational Holocaust Memoir. 2014 ed. vol. 1 Ed. Antony Polonsky. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2014. 10-13.

Polonsky, Antony, ed. POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, volume 26, Jews and Ukrainians. 2013 ed. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2014.

Polonsky, Antony. "Afterword." Richard Fenigsen, A Long Journey to Russia: A Memoir. 2013 ed. vol. 1 Ed. Antony Polonsky. Boston: Back Pages Books, 2014. 133-148.

Polonsky, Antony. "Afterword’." Jewish Presence In Absence: The Aftermath of the Holocaust in Poland, 1945–2010. 2014 ed. vol. 1 Ed. Feliks Tych and Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska. Jerusalem,: Yad Vashem, 2014. 1037-1065.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘Conference on Jews and non-Jews in Lithuania’." Tiltas: Journal of the British-Lithuanian Society Volume 13, no. 1. (March 2013) (2014): 7-11..

Polonsky, Antony. "‘Introduction’." Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History volume 18, Numbers 2-3 (Autumn-Winter 2012). ‘Governments-in-exile and the Jews during the Second World War’, edited by Jan Lániček and James Jordan (2014): 1-34.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘Introduction’." POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, volume 26, Jews and Ukrainians. 2014 ed. vol. 26 Ed. Antony Polonsky and Yohanan Petrovsky. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2014. 3-64.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘Introduction’." Rubin Katz, Gone to Pichipoi: A Boy’s Desperate Fight for Survival in Wartime. vol. 1 Ed. Antony Polonsky. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2014. xiii-xvii..

Polonsky, Antony. The Jews in Poland-Lithuania and Russia: A Short History. (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2013). 2013 ed. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization,, 2014.

Polonsky Antony. ""Introduction'." Rubin Katz, Gone to Pichipoi: A Boy’s Desperate Fight for Survival in Wartime. 2012 ed. vol. 1 Ed. Antony Polonsky. Newton, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2013. xiii-xvii..

Polonsky, Antony (with Sarunasl Liekis'. "‘Introduction’." POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, volume 25, Jews in the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania since 1772 25. 1 (2013): 3-56.

Polonsky, Antony, Editor-in-chief Antony Polonsky, ed. POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, volume 25, Jews in the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania since 1772. 2012 ed. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilizatiion, 2013.

Polonsky, Antony. "Amerykańska badania nad Zagładą. Najnowsza recepcja polskiej debaty publicznej’." Respublica Nowa No. 17. Spring 2012 (2013): 65-69.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘Conference on Jews and non-Jews in Lithuania’." Tiltas: Journal of the British-Lithuanian Society 13. 1 (2013): 7-11.

Polonsky, Antony (with Israel Bartal). "‘Ogladova stattia: Evrei Galichini pid vladuyu Gabsburgiv’,." Polin: doslidzhenia istorii i kultury evreiv skhidnoi evropi 1. 1 (2012): 23-51.

Polonsky, Antony, ed. POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, volume 24, Jews and their Neighbours in Eastern Europe since 1750. first ed. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2012.

Polonsky, Antony. "No simple stories: Jewish-Lithuanian relations between coexistence and violence." Tiltas: Journal of the British-Lithuanian Society 11. 2 (2012): 6-8.

Polonsky, Antony. "Próba podziękowania." Dam im imię na wieki (Iz, 56, 5): Polacy z okolic Treblinki ratujący Żydów. first ed. vol. 1 Ed. Edward Kopówka and ks. Paweł Rytel-Andrianik. Treblinka, Oxford: Rytn, 2012. 9-11.

Polonsky, Antony. The Jews in Poland-Lithuania and Russia 1350 to the present day. Volume III, 1914-2008 .. first ed. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2012.

Polonsky, Antony, ed. Polin: doslidzhenia istorii i kultury evreiv skhidnoi evropi. first ed. Kiev: Dukh i litera, 2011.

Polonsky, Antony. "Vstupnie slova: tsili i dosyagnenia “Polin”: doslidzhenia polskogo evreistva." Polin: doslidzhenia istorii i kultury evreiv skhidnoi evropi 1. 1 (2011): 7-22.

Antony Polonsky, Antony Polonsky, ed. ‘Introduction’, Rachel Margolis, A Partisan from Vilna. Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2010.

Antony Polonsky. "‘Introduction’,." The Wartime Diary of Edmund Kessler: Lwów, Poland, 1942-44,. vol. 1 Ed. Renata Kessler. Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2010

Polonsky, Antony and Michal Galas. "‘Introduction’." Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, volume 23 (2010).

Polonsky, Antony, Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, chief editor Antony Polonsky. POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, volume 23, Jews in Kraków. Oxford, UK: Littman Litbrary of Jewish Civilization, 2010.

Polonsky, Antony. "Jan Blonski; Obituary." Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, volume 23 (2010).

Polonsky, Antony. "‘Coming to Terms with the “Dark Past”: Confronting the Holocaust in Poland and Lithuania’." Parlamentaryzm, konserwatyzm, nacjonalizm: Sefer jowel. Studia ofiarowane Profesorowi Szymonowi Rudnickiemu. Ed. Jolanta Zyndul. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Sejmowe, 2010

Polonsky, Antony. "‘Insiders/Outsiders: Poles and Jews in Recent Jewish Fiction and Autobiography’." Insiders and Outsiders Dilemmas of East European Jewry. vol. 1 Ed. Richard I. Cohen, Jonathan Frankel and Stefani Hoffman. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2010. 70-100.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘Moreshato shel Emanuel Ringeblum." Yad vashem kibuts mekhkarim (2010).

Polonsky, Antony. "‘The Legacy of Emanuel Ringelblum’." Yad Vashem Studies (2010).

Polonsky, Antony. The Jews in Poland-Lithuania and Russia 1350 to the present day. Volume II, 1881-1914. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2010.

Polonsky, Antony, ed. POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, volume 22: Social and Cultural Boundaries in Early Modern Poland. 1 ed. London: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2009.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘Die westliche Alliierten und die “polnische Frage”’." Polen unter deutscher und sowjetischer Besatzung 1939-1945. vol. 1 Ed. Jacek Andrzej Młynarczyk. Osnabrück: fibre Verlag, 2009. 479-522.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘The Jedwabne Debate: Poles, Jews and the Problems of a Divided Memory’." in Murray Baumgarten, Peter Kenez and Bruce Thompson (eds.) Varieties of Antisemitism: History Ideology, Discourse 1. 2009 (2009): 179-92.

Polonsky, Antony. Polish-Jewish relations since 1984: reflections of a participant; Stosunki polsko-zydowskie od 1984 roku: refleksje uczestnika (bi-lingual edition, Polish translation Malgorzata Ornat). Budapest-Krakow: Austeria, Kraków, 2009)., 2009.

Polonsky, Antony. The Jews in Poland-Lithuania and Russia 1350 to the present day. Volume 1, 1350-1881. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2009.

Polonsky, Antony, ed. POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, volume 21, 1968 Forty Years After.. volum 21 ed. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civlization, 2008.

Polonsky, Antony. "Introduction: 1968, Forty Years After." Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry. vol. 21 Ed. Polonsky, Antony. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2008. 3-15.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘Fragile Coexistence, Tragic Acceptance: The Politics and History of East European Jews’." Tradition and Modernity in East European Jewry. 1 ed. vol. 1 Ed. Manfred Sapper. Berlin: Springer, 2008. 7-24.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘Fragile Koexistenz, tragische Akzeptanz: Politik und Geschichte der osteuropäischen Juden’." Osteuropa 58. 8 (2008): 9-28.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘Relacje polsko-żydowskie od roku 1984; Refleksje uczestnika’." Polacy i Żydzi: Kwestia Otwarta. 1 ed. vol. 1 Ed. Robert Cherry, Anna-Maria Orla-Bukowska. Krakow: Znak, 2008. 141-155.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘The Conquest of History?’ Towards a Usable Past in Poland. The August Zaleski Memorial Lectures in Modern Polish History, delivered in the History Department of Harvard University in 2004." Harvard Ukrainian Studies XXVII. 1-4 (2008): 217-313.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘What is the Origin of the Litvak: The Legacy of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania’,." Lietuvos Didžiosios Kunigaikštijos:tradicija ir paveldo dalybos. vol. 1 Ed. Alfredas Bumblauskas, Šarunas Liekis and Grigorijus Potašenko. Vilnius: Vilniuas Universiteto Leidykla, 2008. 263-292.

Polonsky, Antony (with Miecyslaw Biskupski), ed. POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, volume 19: Polish-Jewish Relations in North America. London: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2007.

Polonsky, Antony, ed. POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, volume 20, Making Holocaust Memory.. 1 ed. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2007.

Polonsky, Antony. "(with Mieczyslaw Biskupski), 'Introduction'." Studies in Polish Jewry 19. (2007): 3-53.

Polonsky, Antony. "Dlaczego Niemcy prześładowali Żydów." Trudne Pytania w dialogu polsko-żydowskim. vol. 1 Ed. Maciej Kozłowski, Andrzej Folwarczny, Michał Bilewicz. Warsaw: Jacek Santorski and Co;, 2007. 35-8.

Polonsky, Antony. "The Jedwabne Debate in America." POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry 19. (2007): 393-414.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘Polish-Jewish Relations since 1984: Reflections of a Participant’." Rethinking Poles and Jews: Troubled Past, Brighter Future. vol. 1 Ed. Robert Cherry, Annamaria Orla-Bukowska. Lanham, MD: Bowman and Littlefield, 2007. 121-133.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘The Dedication of the New Synagogue in Poznań (Posen)’." POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry. 1 ed. vol. volume 20 Ed. Polonsky, Antony. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2007. 446-456.

Polonsky, Antony. "‘Why did the Germans persecute the Jews’." Difficult Question in Polish-Jewish Dialogue. 1 ed. vol. 1 Ed. Maciej Kozlowski, Andrzej Folwarczny, Michal Bilewicz. Warsaw: Jacek Santorski and Co., 2007. 44-7.

Polonsky, Antony (with ChaeRan Freeze and Paula Hyman), ed. POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, volume 18. Jewish Women in Eastern Europe. London: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2006.

Polonsky, Antony. "Foreword." Jewish Life in Krakw 1918-1936. Ed. Sean, Martin. Vallentine Mitchell, 2004. ix-xiii.

Polonsky, Antony. "George Szabad: Obituary." POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, The Shtetl: Myth and Reality. vol. 17 Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2004. 462-3.

Polonsky, Antony. "Poles, Jews and the Problems of Divided Memory." Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space. Kazan, 2004. 125-147.

Polonsky, Antony. "Polish-Jewish Writing in Interwar Poland." Jewish Studies (2004): 17-44.

Polonsky, Antony. "Polish-Jewish literature: An outline." History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe. Ed. Marcel Cornis-Pope and John Neubauer., 2004. 435-441.

Polonsky, Antony. "Rafael Scharf: Obituary." POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, The Shtetl: Myth and Reality. vol. 17 Littman Libray of Jewish Civilization, 2004. 452-9.

Polonsky,Antony. "Foreword." Maciej Golab Jzef Koffler: Compositional Style and Source Documents. Polish Music History Series: University of Southern California, 2004. xiii-xviii.

Polonsky,Antony. "Introduzione." Chone Shmeruk, Breve storia della letteratura yiddis. Rome:, 2004. 9-16.

Polonsky,Antony. "Introuction." POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, The Shtetl: Myth and Reality. vol. 17 London: Liittman of Library of Jewish Civilization, 2004. 3-24.

Polonsky,Antony. "Jews in Publishing: POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry." European Jewry. vol. 37, no.2 Berghahn Books, 2004. 39-62.

Polonsky,Antony. Studies in Polish Jewry, volume 17, The Shtetl: Myth and Reality. Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2004.

Polonsky,Antony, with Monika Adamczyk Garbowska. Jewish Writing in the Comtemporary World: Poland. University of Nebraska Press, 2001.

Polonsky,Antony. Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Vol. 13 - Focusing on The Holocaust and its Aftermath. The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2001.

Polonsky,Antony. Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Vol. 14 - Focusing on Jews in the Polish Borderlands. The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2001.

Polonsky,Antony, ed. POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, Vol. 11. The Jewish Religious Experience in Poland: Aspects and Varieties. Portland OR: Littman Library of Jewish Civilizatio, 1999.

Polonsky,Antony, ed. POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, Vol. 12. Jews, Poles and Ukrainians in Galicia 1772-1918. London: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 1999.

Polonsky,Antony, ed. POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry, Vol. 10. Jews in Early Modern Poland. London & Washington DC: Littman Library of Jewish, 1997.

Polonsky, Antony, ed. POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry. Poles, Jews, Socialists: The Failure of an Ideal. London & Washington: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 1995.

Polonsky,Antony, co-ed. Ezra Mendelsohn & Jerzy Tomaszewski. Polin: Jews in Independent Poland 1918-1939. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 1994.

Polonsky,Antony, ed.. Studies from Polin: From Shtetl to Socialism. Oxford : Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 1993.

Polonsky,Antony, trans. Artur Eisenbach. The Emancipation of the Jews in Poland. Blackwells, 1991.

Polonsky,Antony, with Norman Davies. Jews in Eastern Poland and the USSR, 1939-1946. MacMillan, 1991.

Polonsky,Antony. The Jews in Warsaw (with Wladyslaw Bartoszewski). Blackwells, 1991.

Polonsky,Antony. Journal du Ghetto de Varsovie: Une coupe de larmes. Paris: Plon, 1990.

Polonsky,Antony, with S. Gomulka. Polish Paradoxes. Routledge, 1989.

Polonsky,Antony. 'My Brother's Keeper?' Recent Polish Debates on the Holocaust. Routledge, 1989.

Polonsky,Antony, Basil Blackwell. A Cup of Tears: A Diary from the Warsaw Ghetto. Abraham Lewin, 1988.

Polonsky,Antony, with C. Abramsky & M. Jachimczyk. The Jews in Poland. Basil Blackwell, 1986.

Polonsky,Antony, with R.J. Bullen & H. Pogge von Strandmann. Ideas into Politics: Aspects of European History 1880-1950. Croom Helm, 1984.

Polonsky,Antony, with R.F. Leslie, J. Ciechanowski & Z. Pelczyski. The History of Poland since 1863. Cambridge University Press, 1981.

Polonsky,Antony, with B. Drukier. The Beginnings of Communist Rule in Poland, December 1943-July 1945. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1980.

Polonsky,Antony. A History of Poland. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1978.

Polonsky,Antony. The Little Dictators: The History of Eastern Europe since 1918. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1975.

Polonsky,Antony. Politics in Independent Poland: The Crisis of Constitutional Government. Clarendon Press, 1972.

Polonsky,Antony. The Great Powers and the Polish Question 1941-45. London School of Economics, 1970.

Courses Taught

NEJS 137a The Destruction of European Jewry
NEJS 137b A History of the Jews in Warsaw, Lodz, Vilna, and Odessa
NEJS 142a Modern History of East European Jewry
NEJS 142b Secular Jews: Lives and Choices from 1750 to the Present