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Alicja PodbielskaVisiting Assistant Professor of Holocaust and Antisemitism Studies, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Department of Religion

Alicja Podbielska is a historian of the Holocaust, memory, and Polish-Jewish relations. A former Postdoctoral Fellow at Fortunoff Archive at Yale University, she holds a PhD (2021) from Clark University’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. In her doctoral dissertation, A Tree for Poland: The Memory of Holocaust Rescue, 1942-2018 she examined when, how, and why Polish Holocaust rescuers were officially designated national heroes.

Dr. Podbielska holds an MA in literary studies from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She received grants and fellowships from European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute, Yad Vashem, Claims Conference, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich. Her research interests include Polish-Jewish relations, collective memory, and public history. She has worked with many Holocaust museums, including Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.


  • PhD, Clark University, 2021
  • MA, Adam Mickiewicz University, 2010

Research and Teaching

  • Holocaust
  • Memory studies
  • Polish-Jewish history