'Oh Earth, Do Not Cover My Blood!': Eastern European Jewish Identity and the Material Culture
An exploration of how Jewish material cultural in Eastern Poland, from pre-Holocaust to Contemporary times, illuminates Jewish identity and makes memory for the future.
||Jewish Material Culture, Jewish Identity, Poland, Holocaust, Memory
International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.7-18.
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Prof. Szpek earned her Ph.D. in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin in 1991 with a special focus on Joban Studies. Since earning her doctorate, she has taught in Wisconsin and Arizona, until accepting her current position (2001) as a Professor of Religious Studies at Central Washington University (USA)where her teaching specialization is focused on Judaism, Western Traditions and Sacred Literature. Her research areas have continued in Joban Studies, but also progressed into Religion under Oppression, with a particular interest in the Holocaust and Eastern European Jewry. Her current paper derives from research undertaken in Eastern Poland (2003, 2005) and is part of a larger manuscript in progress, entitled "And the Children Played at Sobibor: Essays on Post Holocaust Response."
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