Shapiro pictureRobert Moses Shapiro is Professor in Judaic Studies at Brooklyn College, where he also teaches courses in History, Comparative Literature, and Yiddish. Born in Germany to Polish Jewish survivors of Nazi-imposed ghettos and slave-labor camps in Poland and Germany, he grew up on a chicken farm in Vineland, New Jersey, pursuing his education at Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University, with post-doctoral study at the Hebrew University and Oxford University. His research has focused on Polish Jewish communal life in the great urban centers of Lodz and Warsaw. His publications include translations of Isaiah Trunk’s Yiddish Lodz Ghetto: A History (2006), volume 1 of Y.Y. Trunk’s Yiddish memoir Poyln (2007), from Polish The Warsaw Ghetto Oyneg Shabes-Ringelblum Archive: Catalog and Guide (2009), as well as the edited volumes Holocaust Chronicles (1999) and Why Didn’t the Press Shout: Jewish and International Journalism during the Holocaust, 1933-1945 (2003). His current research projects include translations from Yiddish and Polish of diaries authored by Jews and Poles during the Holocaust and the German occupation. In recent years, Prof. Shapiro seeks to promote awareness and study of the almost 600,000 Jews, mostly of East European origin, residing in Brooklyn, NY.

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