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Anna Cichopek-Gajraj

Bio

Anna Cichopek-Gajraj earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2008 and has an M.A. in History from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. Before joining ASU in August 2011, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She has received numerous grants and fellowships from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, the YIVO Institute, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture in New York, among others. She has served as Director for Poland for John J. Hartman's non-profit Foundation of Remembrance and Reconciliation for the restoration of Jewish heritage in Poland.

Her fields of expertise include modern East European history (in particular Poland and Czechoslovakia/Slovakia), modern Jewish history, history of modern Poland and Polish/Jewish relations, Holocaust and post-Holocaust studies, history of antisemitism,  comparative and social history, and theories of ethnicity, violence, and nationalism. Her book, Beyond Violence: Jewish Survivors in Poland and Slovakia in 1944-1948 (Cambridge University Press, 2014), is a comparative study of the non-Jewish/Jewish relations in Poland and Slovakia after the Second World War. In her book, she tells a story of Holocaust survivors returning to “no-home” and their encounters with post-war social realities. By focusing on the daily efforts of Polish and Slovak Jews to rebuild their lives, she investigates the limits of belonging to national/ethnic communities in Eastern Europe after the Holocaust.

Her M.A. thesis on the pogrom in Cracow in August 1945 was awarded the Jan Józef Lipski Prize for the Best M.A. Thesis in Poland as well as the Special Prize by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for the best M.A. Thesis in Jewish Studies in Poland. The thesis was published as a book in 2000 [in Polish]. She also contributed to Contested Memories: Poles and Jews during the Holocaust and its Aftermath (Zimmerman, 2003) – a collection of essays by leading scholars in the field of Polish-Jewish history. She has her articles and reviews published in Shofar, East European Jewish Affairs, and AJS Review, among others.

Research Interests

Key research interest: belonging and identity in modern Polish-Jewish history, Jewish/non-Jewish relations in 20th century Poland, postwar ethnic violence (pogroms).

Recent research: postwar comparative and social history of Jewish survivors in Poland and Slovakia (including everyday life and return to “normality,” reconstruction and rebuilding, identity and citizenship, property restitution, and violence).

Current new research: Polish-Jewish immigration to post-1945 US, assimilation and identity, antisemitism in 20th century Poland

 

Courses

Spring 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
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HST 104 West Civ: French Rev to EU
HST 495 Methods of Historical Inquiry
HST 590 Reading and Conference

Fall 2014

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HST 104 West Civ: French Rev to EU
HST 304 Studies in European History

Spring 2014

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HST 304 Studies in European History
HST 498 Pro-Seminar

Fall 2013

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HST 104 Western Civilization
HST 304 Studies in European History

Spring 2013

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Course Number Course Title
HST 104 Western Civilization

Fall 2012

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Course Number Course Title
HST 304 Studies in European History
HST 359 Jewish Hist from 1492 to 1948

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 104 Western Civilization
HST 359 Jewish Hist from 1492 to 1948

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HST 394 Special Topics
REL 394 Special Topics

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj. "Limits to "Jewish Power": How Slovak Jewish Leaders Negotiated Restitution of Property after the War". East European Jewish Affairs (2014).

  2. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj. Beyond Violence: Jewish Survivors in Poland and Slovakia in 1944-48. Cambridge University Press (2014).

  3. Review of: Priest, Politician, Collaborator: Jozef Tiso and the Making of Fascist Slovakia. History: Reviews of New Books (2014).

  4. Review of: The Tragedy of a Generation: The Rise and Fall of Jewish Nationalism in Eastern Europe. AJS Review (2014).

  5. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj. "Negotiating Jewish Belonging in postwar Slovakia (1945-48)". Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies (2012).

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Presentations

  1. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj "Finding the Paths Back Home: Jewish Survivors in Poland and Slovakia, 1944-48,". Department of History, University of Arizona, Tucson. (Nov 2014).
  2. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj Poland’s Solidarnosc and the Fall of Communism. Gorbachev, Poland’s Solidarnosc, and East Germany’s Wende. Reform Movements in Eastern Europe. (Oct 2014).
  3. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj "Jewish survivors in the "Recovered Territories" after World War II in Poland" Conference "Terrortimes, Terrorscapes? Temporal, Spatial, and Memory Continuities of War and Genocide in 20th Century Europe,". Conference: Temporal, Spatial, and Memory Continuities of War and Genocide in 20th century Europe. (Aug 2014).
  4. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj "Continuity and Break in Postwar Jewish Communities in Poland and Slovakia,". The Western Jewish Studies Association (WJSA) Annual Conference, University of Arizona in Tucson. (May 2014).
  5. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj "France in the Long Nineteenth Century: In the Honor of Rachel Fuchs,". Conference in Honor of Prof. Rachel Fuchs Arizona State University. (Apr 2014).
  6. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj "Examining the Postwar". Studying the History of National Socialism and the Holocaust: Toward an Agenda for the 21st Century. (Jan 2014).
  7. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj "Jewish Studies in Contemporary Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine)". The Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) 45th Annual Convention in Boston. (Dec 2013).
  8. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Flinn Foundation Educational Conference Center, Phoenix "Exploring the Future of Holocaust Education". The 2013 Regional Education Summit. (Nov 2013).
  9. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj The Musical World of Polish Jews: Session 1. Conference "The Musical World of Polish Jews" Arizona State University. (Nov 2013).
  10. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj Teaching about the Holocaust: Antisemitism, the "Final Solution," Jewish Response, and Denial. 2013 Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for University Faculty at Holocaust Museum DC. (Jun 2013).
  11. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj "Postwar Property Restitution in Comparative Perspective: Poland and Slovakia (1944-48)". Conference Princeton University "Impact of World War II". (Apr 2013).
  12. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj "The Warsaw Uprising, April-May 1943". The 2013 Educators’ Conference on the Holocaust (Ina Levine’s Jewish Community, Scottsdale). (Mar 2013).
  13. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj Rebuilding "Jewish life" in Poland and Slovakia after the war, 1946-1948. 44th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian in New Orleans. (Nov 2012).
  14. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj After the Holocaust: Prosecuting, Witnessing and Remembering in Postwar Czechoslovakia. 44th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian in New Orleans. (Nov 2012).
  15. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj "Revival of Jewish Studies in Eastern Europe". Symposium "Revival of Jewish Studies in Eastern Europe" at ASU. (Nov 2012).
  16. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj Comparative Approach to the Postwar History of Jews in Poland. 4th International Polish Studies Conference, Chicago. (Oct 2012).
  17. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj Spolecznosc zydowska w Polsce i na Slowacji po Holokauscie. The Second International Congress of Polish History: Poland in Central Europe, Krakow, Poland. (Sep 2012).
  18. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj Invited discussion of my manuscript "Beyond Violence: Jewish Survivors in Poland and Slovakia in 1944-48". The 10th Conference "Recovering Forgotten History. The Image of East-Central Europe in Anglo-Saxo. (May 2012).
  19. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj A Case for a Comparative Approach to Postwar East European Jewish history. Retirement Conference for Prof. Todd Endelman at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. (Apr 2012).
  20. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj Contextualizing Schulhoff and Ullmann. "Reimagining Erwin Schulhoff, Viktor Ullmann, and the German-Jewish-Czech World" Conference. (Mar 2012).
  21. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj In the Aftermath of the Holocaust - Poles and Jews in Post War Poland. 2012 Carolyn & Dr. Herb Nathan Educators’ Conference on The Holocaust Lessons And Legacies. (Mar 2012).
  22. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj "Return to "No-Home": Jewish survivors in Poland and Slovakia after the Holocaust.". IHR seminar on "Migrations" at ASU. (Feb 2012).
  23. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj "Limits to "Jewish Power": How Slovak Jewish Leaders Negotiated Restitution of Property after the War". 43rd Annual Convention of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) in Washington DC. (Dec 2011).
  24. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj "The Jews in Postwar Poland". Panel Event at George Washington Carver Museum in Phoenix, AZ. (Nov 2011).
  25. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj "Beyond Violence: Postwar Return of Jewish Survivors to Poland, 1944-48". 43rd Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). (Nov 2011).
  26. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj "Being Jewish in Slovakia and Poland after the Second World War,". Lecture series "Nationalism in the Lands of the Hapsburg Monarchy" in New York. (Apr 2011).

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Service

  1. Visit of legendary dissident, former Solidarity member, and editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza in Poland, Adam Michnik, Maricopa Community College, Phoenix, Co-organizer (2014 - present)
  2. Graduate Committee, Member (2014 - present)
  3. Lecture: "Poland After Genocide," Genocide Awareness Week: Not On Our Watch,, Lecturer (2014 - present)
  4. Lecture: "Poles and Jews after the Second World War in Poland,", Speaker (2014 - present)
  5. Panel presentation: "Deceptive Images: Nazi Propaganda, World War II, and the Holocaust,", Panelist/speaker (2014 - present)
  6. Lecture: "Geography and Demographics of Jewish Life in Eastern Europe,", Speaker (2014 - present)
  7. Committee: Planning of Holocaust and Tolerance Museum in Chandler, Arizona, Member (2013 - 2014)
  8. The Australian Journal of Politics and History, Peer reviewer (2014)
  9. Jewish Studies Scholarship Committee, Member (2013 - 2014)
  10. Speakers’ Committee, Member (2013 - 2014)
  11. The Joan Frazer Memorial Award in Judaism and the Arts Committee, Member (2013)
  12. Organization committee of the Fall 2013 ASU conference "The Musical worlds of Polish Jews, 1920-1960, Member (2012 - 2013)
  13. Sonia Minuskin Award for the best undergraduate paper committee, Member/Coordinator (2012 - 2013)
  14. Jewish Studies scholarship committee, Member (2012)
  15. Baron Dissertation Awards committee, Member (2012)
  16. Curriculum Committee for Jewish Studies, member (2011 - 2012)
  17. History Awards Committee, Member (2011 - 2012)

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Curriculum Vitae / Resume

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