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210 John Munroe HallNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClass7428686FD5FE464387CD182C474201D4"><p>Polly Zavadivker specializes and teaches courses in Modern Jewish and East European History.  Her current book project is a study of Jewish social activism in Russia during the First World War. It explores how Jews formed empire-wide networks of humanitarian aid, social and cultural activism at a time of total war and impending revolution.</p><p>Her next research project is a study of Soviet Jews shortly after World War II, with a focus on survivors of Nazi genocide. This project examines the importance of families, kinship, and gender in the formation of unofficial networks and support systems that Soviet Jews developed as ways to collectively cope with the impact of war and genocide.</p><p>In her teaching at UD she uses interdisciplinary methods to convey the varieties of Jewish experience in the Diaspora and modern Israel.  She emphasizes the use of primary sources, including diaries, literary works and official documents, as well as photographs, works of art and film, and material objects.</p><p>Her publications include S. An-sky, <em>1915 Diary</em> (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016) as translator and editor; and “Fighting ‘On Our Own Territory’: The Rescue and Representation of Jews in Russia during World War I,” in <em>Russia’s Great War and Revolution: The Centennial Reappraisal</em>, vol. 1: <em>Russia’s Home Front, 1914-1922: The Experience of War and</em><em> </em>Revolution, eds. Adele Lindenmeyr, Christopher Read, Peter Waldron (Bloomington: Slavica Publishers, 2016).</p></div><div class="ExternalClass5107A6E50F6246C983A8FA50F8A66517"><p>​Ph.D. University of California, Santa CruzM.A. New York UniversityB.A. University of California, Berkeley</p></div><div class="ExternalClassCD1D0D55A0A948AD8C5A967A49A611EB"><ul><li>Young Scholars Amsterdam Prize for Best Short Essay in Jewish Studies</li><li>Professor Bernard Choseed Memorial Fellowship, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York</li><li>The Claims Conference Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies</li></ul></div><div class="ExternalClassA085BE949B6441D6A44820883B39DC1B"><p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HIST327/JWST327: Topics in Jewish History: Antisemitism</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HIST303/JWST303/WOMS303: Women in Judaism</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HIST254/JWST254: History of the Holocaust</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HIST146/JWST146: Introduction to Jewish Culture and History</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HIST363/JWST363: Modern Jewish History</a></p><p> </p></div><div class="ExternalClass435DFD596ADD447C919A01892666BF2B"><h4>Books:</h4><ul><li><em>1915 Diary of S. An-sky: A Russian Jewish Writer at the Eastern Front.</em> Indiana University Press, 2016.</li></ul><h4>Articles and Book Chapters</h4><ul><li>“Preserving ‘Events that are Vanishing Like Smoke ’: The Black Book as Community of Survivors and Writers 1943-1946,” <em>Zutot: Perspectives on Jewish Culture</em>vol. 11 (2014): 1–12.</li><li>“Reconstructing a Lost Archive: Simon Dubnow and ‘The Black Book of Imperial Russian Jewry.’ Materials for a History of the War, 1914-1915,” <em>Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook</em> 12 (2013): 419–442.</li><li>“Vasilii Grossman: A Cosmopolitan Writer Depicts the Murder of the Jewish People,” <em>The Journal of European Studies</em> vol. 43: 4 (2013): 283–298.</li></ul></div>EducationSelected AwardsCoursesPublicationspollyz@udel.eduZavadivker, Polly302-831-6467<img alt="Professor Polly Zavadivker" src="/Images%20Bios/faculty/Zavadivker_Polly.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Assistant Professor of History and Jewish StudiesDirector, Jewish Studies ProgramW/F 12:30-1:30



1915 Diary of S. An-sky: A Russian Jewish Writer at the Eastern FrontZavadivker, PollyIndiana University Press2016<p>​S. An-sky was by the time of the First World War a well-known writer, a longtime revolutionary, and an ethnographer who pioneered the collection of Jewish folklore in Russia's Pale of Settlement. In 1915, An-sky took on the assignment of providing aid and relief to Jewish civilians trapped under Russian military occupation in Galicia. As he made his way through the shtetls there, close to the Austrian frontlines, he kept a diary of his encounters and impressions, written in Russian. His diary entries present a detailed reflection of his daily experiences. He describes conversations with wounded soldiers in hospitals, fellow Russian and Jewish aid workers, Russian military and civilian authorities, and Jewish civilians in Galicia and parts of the Pale. Although most of his diaries were lost, two fragments survived and are preserved in the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art. Translated and annotated here by Polly Zavadivker, these fragments convey An-sky's vivid firsthand descriptions of civilian and military life in wartime. He recorded the brutality and violence against the civilian population, the complexities of interethnic relations, the practices and limitations of philanthropy and medical care, Russification policies, and antisemitism. In the late 1910s, An-sky used his diaries as raw material for a lengthy memoir in Yiddish published under the title The Destruction of Galicia.</p>

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