New Jersey Jewish News: 'Scholar inspired by relatives’ Shoa stories'

April 28, 2016
Letter from Holocaust

New Jersey Jewish News recently published a story about the research of Debórah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History and founding director of Clark University's Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Here is an excerpt:

"From the time she was a child growing up in Princeton in the late 1960s, Deborah Dwork was intrigued by the stories her aunt and uncle told about surviving the Nazi Holocaust.

"'There was never a time when I did not know they were survivors,' she told NJ Jewish News in an April 20 phone interview. 'I learned about their experiences in a very gentle way while I was growing up, and the messages I got were all about love and loyalty.'

"Those messages have been at the center of Dwork’s lifelong writings and academic studies. She is Rose Professor of Holocaust History and director of Clark University’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Worcester, Mass.

"The project she is now working on involves more than 1,000 pieces of correspondence from a cache of letters belonging to a Swiss woman who served as a 'go-between' for Jewish children and their parents who had been forced to separate during the war."