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Helene Sinnreich

Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies


Professor Sinnreich is a scholar of Jewish experience during the Holocaust and European Jewry.  Dr. Sinnreich serves as the editor in chief of the Journal of Jewish Identities (Johns Hopkins University Press).  Dr. Sinnreich She has served as a fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. in 2007 and at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem in 2009. 

 Dr. Sinnreich’s main research focus is on the experience of Jews in Nazi ghettos.  She has a special focus on the Lodz and Krakow ghettos and recently published, A Story of Survival: The Lodz Ghetto Diary of Heinek Fogel(Yad Vashem Press, 2015).  Dr. Sinnreich also examines hunger and Nazi food policy in ghettos.  Her most well-known research is on sexual abuse of Jewish women during the Holocaust.  This work appeared first as an article “And it was Something We Didn’t Talk About…” The Rape of Jewish Women During the Holocaust”Holocaust Studies (December, 2008).  In addition to her traditional scholarship, Dr. Sinnreich has produced a number of pieces of public scholarship including multiple exhibitions and serving as the consulting scholar of a number of documentary films.


Ph.D. in Comparative European History, Brandeis University, 2004

B.A. with honors in History, Smith College, 1997

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