Hello all! Thank you so much for having me, and I’m so excited for my first AMA! I’ll be responding to questions beginning at 1pm ET, and winding down at 6pm (with a potential ~45 minute lapse due to Car Issues).
A bit about me:
My grandmother and her parents fled Poland in 1939, and arrived in New York in 1941. I was raised in the Hudson Valley region of New York, and I earned my BA with a dual major in History and Journalism from Purchase College (SUNY) in 2010. In March 2011, shortly after graduating early, I created the history blog HISTORICITY (was already taken), which today has over 120,000 followers on tumblr alone.
I earned my Masters degrees in History and Library Science from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2014. You may view my MA thesis here: “‘An Uncertain Life in Another World’: German and Austrian Jewish Refugee Life in Shanghai, 1938-1950.” I then worked for the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan as an Archivist and Digital Content Manager for nearly seven years.
In March of this year, I inked a deal with HarperCollins for my first book, a work of Public Holocaust History titled The Girl Bandits of the Warsaw Ghetto (there is no official subtitle yet, though I envision it along the lines of a Female Military History of the Warsaw Ghetto and its Uprising), set to be released in Fall 2025. Here are some links to talks I’ve given associated with this project:
-“Tema Schneiderman and Tossia Altman: Voices from Beyond the Grave” (presented June 2022 at the Heroines of the Holocaust: New Frameworks of Resistance International Symposium at Wagner College)
-“Women and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising” (presented at the National World War II Museum’s 15th International Conference on World War II in November 2022)
-“Women of the Warsaw Ghetto” (delivered as keynote at the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County’s Yom HaShoah Program in Honor of the 80th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising).
I am currently running a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for translators–I have a variety of primary sources I desperately need translated into English for Girl Bandits. If, after reading my responses, you feel inclined to either contribute, or share the campaign with your network, that link is here: https://gofund.me/3d48fdf2.
Looking forward to answering your questions!