Mary Fraser Kirsh

Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies

Background
Mary Fraser Kirsh, Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies, earned her Ph.D. in modern European Jewish history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to teaching courses for American University and William & Mary’s D.C. Summer Session, she has led a tour of Jewish sites in Poland. She has been awarded the Life Reborn Fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Fred and Ellen Fine Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives Fellowship. Her publications include: “La politique de placement des enfants en Grand-Bretagne et en Palestine” in L’enfant Shoah, "Shattered by Mental and Physical Strain: The Treatment and Assimilation of 'Defective' Child Survivors" in Life in the Aftermath: Displaced Persons and Child Survivors on the Move, and “Remembering the ‘Pain of Belonging’: Jewish Children Hidden as Catholics in Second World War France” in The Young Victims of the Nazi Regime. She is at work on her book manuscript, From Survivor to Citizen: Rehabilitating Young Holocaust Survivors in Great Britain and Israel. Her teaching assignments will include Modern European Jewish History, Introduction to the History of Jewish Thought, Writing the Self: An Exploration of Jewish History Through Autobiographies and Memoirs, and Voices from the Holocaust: Testimony and Memory. Additional research and teaching interests include gender and Judaism, the history of Jewish childhood, and Holocaust landscapes.