Jan GRABOWSKI

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Jan GRABOWSKI
Authorized to supervise theses. and Full Professor, Department of History

1994 ― PhD, Université de Montréal
1986 ― MA, History, Warsaw University, Poland

Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 9117

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1292

Work E-mail: jgrabows@uOttawa.ca

Biography

Office hours (Fall 2016)

On sabbatical half-leave until January 2017

Courses taught (Winter 2017)

HIS3328 - History of the Holocaust

HIS7103 - Graduate seminar in European History

University degrees

1994 ― PhD, Université de Montréal
1986 ― MA, History, Warsaw University, Poland

Ongoing research

The extermination of the Jewish population in Poland; The Shoah: bystanders and victims.

Biographic Profile

Jan Grabowski is a Full Professor of history of the Holocaust at the University of Ottawa and the co-founder of the Polish Centre for Holocaust research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw).  A graduate of the University of Warsaw and the Université de Montréal, his research includes the issues surrounding the extermination of the Polish Jews as well as the history of the Jewish-Polish relations during the 1939-1945 period.  He is the author of several monographs, including Hunt for the Jews. Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland (Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, 2013) which has been awarded the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for 2014.  Professor Grabowski is currently working on a project which seeks to shed light on the involvement of the Polish “Blue” police in the Holocaust.  A recipient of the 2014 Faculty of Arts Professor of the Year Award, he teaches survey courses and graduate and undergraduate seminars on the history of the Holocaust. 

Selected publications

Books authored

 

Hunt for the Jews. Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland. , Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, 2013, 303 p. [English-language version of: Judenjagd. Polowanie na Żydów, 1942-1945. Studium Dziejów Pewnego Powiatu], Polish Center for Holocaust Research, Warsaw 2011. 282 p.

Hebrew edition: ציד היהודים; בגידה ורצח בפולין בימי הכיבוש הגרמני. Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, December 2016.

Criminalizing the Jews in Occupied Warsaw, 1939-1942. [Żydowskich przestępców należy karać śmiercią!” Przestępczość“ Żydów w okupowanej Warszawie 1939–1942], ), IFiS PAN (Institute of Sociology and Philosophy, Polish Academy of Sciences), Warsaw, 2010 , 211 p. [with Barbara Engelking].

Rescue for Money: ‘Paid Helpers’ in Poland, 1939-1945, Search and Research Series, Yad Vashem - The International Institute for Holocaust Research, Jerusalem, 2008.

« ’Je le connais, c’est un Juif!’ Varsovie 1939-1943. Le chantage contre les Juifs », éditions Calmann-Lévy, Paris, 2008. 176 p. (translation of:Szantazowanie Zydów w Warszawiee, 1939-1943 (Blackmailing the Jews in Warsaw, 1939-1943), IFiS PAN (Institute of Sociology and Philosophy, Polish Academy of Sciences), Warsaw, 2004, 137p. (Parts translated into Hebrew as: Facing Memory: The Polish Account, Hakkibutz Hameuchad Publishing House, 2007)

Historia Kanady (A History of Canada), Proszynski Publishing House, Warsaw, 2001, 320 p.

Books (edited & co-edited)
Szczęście posiadać dom pod ziemią...; [It is Luck To have a Home Underground...”], Stowarzyszenie Centrum Badan nad Zagładą, Warsaw, 2016, 215 p. Edited, annotated and forwarded.  English edition forthcoming ) 2017, from the Azrieli series

Ostatni Żyd z Wegrowa [Last Jew out of Wegrow], Stowarzyszenie Centrum Badan nad Zagładą, Warsaw, 2015, 219 p. Edited, annotated and forwarded

Klucze i Kasa. Losy mienia żydowskiego w okupowanej Polsce, 1939-1945.  [Keys & Cash. The Fate of Jewish Property in Occupied Poland, 1939-1945] Stowarzyszenie Centrum Badan nad Zagładą, Warsaw, 2014, 608p. Co-edited with Dariusz Libionka.

Aaron Elster, Ocalony z Zaglady. Wspomnienia chłopca z Sokołowa Podlaskiego [Saved From the Holocaust. Recollections of a  Boy from Sokolow Podlaski], Warsaw, [Stowarzyszenie Centrum Badan nad Zaglada], 2014, 139 p. [co-edited with Barbara Engelking]

The Contour of a Landscape. Rural Poland and the Extermination of the Jews, 1942-1945 [Zarys Krajobrazu. Wieś polska wobec Zagady, 1942-1945],  Warsaw, 2011,  532 p. [together with Barbara Engelking].

Jews in Warsaw, 1939-1943. Documents of the Warsaw Jewish Council, Jewish Historical Institute and Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau, Warsaw, 2012, 1811 p. (co-edited with Jozef Kazimierski).

The Diaries of Franciszek Wyszynski, 1941-1944, [Dzienniki Franciszka Wyszyńskiego, 1941-1944], Mowia Wieki Publishing House, Warsaw, August 2007, 550 p. (together with Zbigniew R. Grabowski)

Holocaust. Studies and Materials. Polish Center for Holocaust Research, Warsaw 2008, 398 p. (co-editor).

Holocaust. Studies and Materials. Polish Center for Holocaust Research, Warsaw 2010, 354 p. (co-editor).

Germans in Krakow. September 1939- January 1945. The Diary of Teodor Kubalski [Niemcy w Krakowie, dziennik Teodora Kubalskiego], Austeria, Krakow, 2010. [Austeria publishing House, Austeria, Krakow, [forthcoming in March 2010 - together with Zbigniew R. Grabowski]

Chapters and articles

“Microhistory of the Holocaust in Poland: New Sources, New Trails”, in:  Microhistories of the Holocaust”, Claire Zalc and Tal Bruttmann (editors), Berghahn, New York, Oxford, 2017, p. 131-151.

“Distorting and Re-writing the History of the Holocaust in Poland: The Case of the Ulma Family Museum of  Poles Saving Jews During World War II in Markowa, (with D. Libionka), forthcoming in Yad Vashem Studies, Jerusalem, Israel, June 2017.

“The Holocaust and Poland's “History Policy”, in: Israel Journal of  Foreign Affairs,  vol. 11, 2017, p. 1-6.

 „Bezdroża polityki historycznej. Wokół Markowej, czyli o czym nie mówi Muzeum Polaków Ratujących Żydów podczas II Wojny Światowej im. Rodziny Ulmów”, Zaglada Zydow, v. 12, 2016, p. 617-641. [The Quick-Sands of the Polish „History Policy”, Or What We Shall Not Learn in the Museum of Poles Saving the Jews During WW II in Markowa” (with Dariusz Libionka)], 

"The Holocaust as a Polish Problem" in: I. Grudzinska-Gross & Iwa Nawrocki, Poland and Polin. New Interpretations in Polish-Jewish Studies,  Eastern European Culture, Politics and Societies,  Lang, 2016, p. 16-27.  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/43655279/Grabowski_Holocaust_as_a_Polish_Problem.pdf

The Role of “Bystanders” in the Implementation of the “Final Solution” in Occupied Poland, in: Yad Vashem Studies, (43), 1, 2015, p. 113-133.

“A Scholar ‘on the Rez’. About Erica Lehrer’s Jewish Poland Revisited”, in: Yad Vashem Studies,  42(2), 2014,  251-258

Tropiąc Emanuela Ringelbluma. Udział polskiej Kriminalpolizei (Kripo) w „ostatecznym rozwiązaniu kwestii żydowskiej”, [Hunting down Emanuel Ringelblum: the Role of the Polish Criminal Police  (Kripo) in the „Final Solution of the Jewish Question”], in: Zagada Żydów, 10 (2014), p.  27-57.

Jan Grabowski, Zarząd Powierniczy i nieruchomości żydowskie w Generalnym Gubernatorstwie. „Co można skonfiskować? W zasadzie wszystko” [Trustee Administration and the Jewish Real Estate in the Generalgouvernement: What can be seized? In principle, everything”].  in: Klucze i Kasa. Losy mienia żydowskiego w okupowanej Polsce, 1939-1945.  [Keys & Cash. The Fate of Jewish Property in Occupied Poland, 1939-1945], pp. 73-113.

“La dénonciation des Juifs en Pologne pendant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale”,  Archives juives. Revue d’histoire des Juifs de France, 46(1), 2013, p. 77-90.

“Rural Society and the Jews in Hiding: Elders, Night Watches, Firefighters, Hostages and Manhunts”, Yad Vashem Studies, 40 (1), 2012, p. 49-74.

“La “chasse aux Juifs” dans la société rurale en Pologne : 1942-1945”, dans:  Pour une microhistoire de la Shoah, Le genre humain, Seuil, Paris, 2012, sous la direction de Claire Zalc, Tal Bruttman et Nicolas Mariot.

“’I have only fulfilled my duties as a soldier of the Home Army.’ Miechow AK and the killings of Jews in Redziny-Borek. A Case Study.”, in:  Jan T. Gross (ed.), The Holocaust in Occupied Poland: New Findings and New Interpretations, Lang, Frankfurt, 2012, p.  115-131.

"German Anti-Jewish Propaganda in the Generalgouvernement, 1939–1945: Inciting Hate through Posters, Films, and Exhibitions", Holocaust and Genocide Studies 23, no. 3 (Winter 2009): 381–412  http://hgs.oxfordjournals.org/content/23/3/381.full.pdf+html

[Prostitution in Occupied Warsaw and in the District, 1939-1945] „Prostytucja w okupowanej Warszawie i w Dystrykcie (1939-1945), in:  Jolanta Zyndul (ed.), Parlamentaryzm, Konserwatyzm, Nacjonalizm,  Warszawa, 2010, p. 271-289.

"Beyond the Realm of Misunderstanding – Writing About Canada Differently" [Poza progiem niezrozumienia – o Kanadzie inaczej],Przeglad Historyczny,  v. 100 (1), 2009, 113-124.

"A Country Built on Self-Doubt" ?, in: De la fondation de Québec au Canada d’aujourd’hui (1608-2008) : Rétrospectives, parcours et défis, Krzysztof Jarosz (éd). Katowice, 2009,  p. 15-27.

“Die anti-jüdische Politik in Regierungsbezirk Zichenau”, [„Anti-Jewish policies in Regierungsbezirk Zichenau”] in: Der Judenmord in den eingegliederten polnischen Gebieten 1939–1945, ed. Jochen Böhler, Jacek Mlynarczyk, p. 99-117, Fibre, Osnabruck, 2010.  Published in Polish as: ", Polityka antyzydowska na terenie Rejencji Ciechanowskiej, in:  Zaglada Zydow na Polskich Terenach Wcielonych do Rzeszy,  IPN, Warsaw, 2008,  p. 59-69

Le chantage et la dénonciation des Juifs à Varsovie, 1939-1943, in:Juifs et Polonais, 1939-2008, Jean-Charles Szurek et Annette Wieviorka, (eds), Albin Michel, Paris, 2008,  p. 17-33.  

"Ratowanie Zydow za pieniadze – Przemysl pomocy",  (The "Help Industry" –  Saving the Jews for Money) Zagłada Żydów, (4), 2008, 81-110.

"Rewriting the History of Polish-Jewish Relations from a Nationalist Perspective: The Recent Publications of the Institute of National Remembrance", Yad Vashem Studies, 2008, v. 36 (1), p. 253-270.

Jewish Defendants in German and Polish Courts in the Warsaw District.Yad Vashem Studies, v. 35 (1), p. 49-81, (2007).

"Żydzi przed obliczem niemieckich i polskich sądów w Dystrykcie Warszawskim Generalnej Guberni, 1939-1942", Prowincja Noc, p. 75-119,  IfiS, Warsaw, Polish Academy of Sciences, 2007.

"Hail to the Chief" - The Changing Structure of Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada", in: Place and Memory in Canada: Global Perspectives,Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference of Central European Canadianists; Kraków, Poland. Cracow, 2005, p. 135-145

"Polscy zarządcy powierniczy majątku żydowskiego - zarys problematyki" (Polish managers of  Jewish Property Seized by the Nazis),  in:Zaglada Zydow vol 1 (1), December 2005, p. 253-260.

Warszawscy Zydzi wydaleni ze Szwajcarii do Generalnego Gubernatorstwa. Studium przypadku", (Warsaw Jews Expelled from Switzerland to the Generalgouvernement. A Case Study, in: Zaglada Zydów - vol 1 (1), December 2005, p. 261-269. Published in English inHolocaust Studies and Materials, Polish Center for Holocaust Research, 2008, p. 355-364.A

"Holocaust in Northern Mazovia (Poland) in the Light of the Archives of Ciechanów Gestapo",  Holocaust and Genocide Studies 18 (3), 460-477, Winter 2004.

"Germans in the Eyes of the Gestapo, Ciechanów District, 1939-1945",Contemporary European History, 13(1), 2004, 21- 43. Co-authored with Zbigniew R. Grabowski

"Szmalcownicy warszawscy, 1939-1942" (Blackmailing the Jews in Warsaw, 1939-1942), Zeszyty Historyczne, Paris-Warsaw, 2003, (No. 143) p. 85-117.

« L'historiographie des Amérindiens au Canada: quelques données et commentaires portant sur les directions de la recherche et sur les travaux en cours. » Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française, Vol. 53 (4), printemps 2000, p. 552-560

« Les Trifluviens et les Amérindiens en 1665-1667 », Recherches Amérindiennes au Québec, vol. 27 (1), 1998, p. 105-121 (R)

"French Justice and Indians in Montréal, 1670-1760"  Ethnohistory, 1996. 43(3), p. 405-429 [R]

« Les nouvelles relations germano-polonaises (1989-1994) », Revue d'Allemagne et des Pays de Langue allemande, vol. 27(3), July-September 1995, p. 333-342. (with Paul Létourneau) [R]

« Les Amérindiens domiciliés et la 'contrebande' des fourrures en Nouvelle France », Recherches amérindiennes au Québec, vol. 24, no 3, 1994, p. 45-52. [R]

« Les populations amérindiennes de la vallée laurentienne, 1608-1765 », Annales de la demographie historique, France (1993), p. 51-65, (avec la collaboration  de John A. Dickinson). [R]

"Crime and Punishment: French Justice and Native Americans in New France, 1660-1760". European Review of Native American Studies [ERNAS], vol. 7, no 1, 1993 p. 15-20. [R]

« L'Historiographie canadienne des nations autochtones »,  Bulletin international des sciences historiques / International Committee of Historical Sciences, vol.19, (1993), p. 120-125,  Paris-Lausanne. [R]

"The Common Ground in Montréal: Natives and French 1700-1730", Proceedings of the French Colonial Historical Society, vol. 18, 1993, p. 59-73. [R]

« Les rapports infrajudiciaires entre les Français et les Amérindiens en Nouvelle-France », dans: Les Français à la découverte des premières nations en Nouvelle-France, 1534-1701, actes de colloque de Langres, 24-25 mai 2002, p. 141-147, Langres, 2004

« André Loup. Le premier colon polonais en Nouvelle-France »,  Actes du Colloque de l'Institut polonais des Arts et des Sciences au Canada, Ottawa, 1995, p.196-206 (R) Translated into Polish: AAndrzej Wilk, pierwszy polski osadnik w Kanadzie",  Przegląd Polonijny, XXVII, 2001 (2), p. 83-90.  Reprinted in The Bulletin of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada, 2002, vol. 19, p.26-32. Reprinted for the second time in monthly 30 dni, December 2002.

"Montréal Iroquois Engagés in Western Fur Trade, 1800-1821", in:From Rupert's Land to Canada. Essays in Honour of John F. Foster; Theodore Binnema, Gerhardt J. Ens, R.C. Macleod (editors) Alberta University Press, 2001, p. 23-58 [co-authored with Nicole St-Onge],

"Polish Immigrants in the Ottawa Valley in the beginning of the 20th century", Construire une capitale - Ottawa- Building a Capital (eds. J. Keshen and N. St-Onge), University of Ottawa Press, 2001, p. 251-262.

Invited Contributions:

Strzegowo ghetto, The Encyclopedia of Ghettos, United States Holocaust  Memorial Museum, Washington DC.

"Case Studies: Fleeing From Warthegau to Südostpreussen", in: B'nai Gombin, Issue 14, June 2003, p. 10-15.

« Les études canadiennes en Pologne », dans: Canadian Historical Association Bulletin, Vol 29.2, 2003, p. 36-37.

"Kłopoty z Historią Kanady" (Problems with Canadian History), in:Obraz Kanady w Polsce (Image of Canada in Poland), Miroslawa Buchholtz, editor., Torun-Warsaw, 2003, p. 66-73.

Other publications (1998-2008):

"Zdrada, agresja i obojetny tlum" (Treason, aggression and the indifferent crowd" – interview in Newsweek (Polish edition), May 18, 2008, p. 94-96.

"Pomoc Ograniczona" (Limited Help), Gazeta Wyborcza, November 10-12, 2006.

"Betsiamites Innu:  Territory, Identity and Change. A Historical Perspective", Historical Report prepared for: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Litigation Management and Resolution Branch, Ottawa, November 2005, 110 p.

"Szmalcownicy" (Blackmailing the Jews), in weekly "Wprost", April 2005.

"Irokezi i Inni. Kolicje i wojny indiańskie w kolonialnej Ameryce XVII-XVIII wieku" (The Iroquois and the Others. Coalitions and Indian wars in colonial America, 17th-18th c.), Mówią Wieki No. 7/98, September 1998, p. 16-24.  

"Czas hańby. Deportacje i próby zagłady Indian Ameryki Północnej w XIX wieku". (The Time of Shame: Deportation and Annihilation of North American Indians in the XIX c.), Mówią Wieki, No. 8/98, October 1998, p. 18-22.

Reviews

The Canadian Historical Review
Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française
Recherches Sociographiques
Recherches amérindiennes au Québec
Labour/Travail
Zaglada Zydow

Awards and achievements

2016-17 Ina Levine Invitational Scholar, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

May 2017 – University of Haifa, Invited Professor

2014 Yad Vashem International Book Prize

2014 - Professor of the Year, Faculty of Arts, University of Ottawa

2011 – Baron Friedrich Carl von Oppenheim Chair for the Study of Racism, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel.

2005 – Gerda-Henkel-Stiftung senior research scholar award, Yad Vashem Institute, Jerusalem, Israel

1994-95 – University Research Award, University of Ottawa

Fields of Interest

  • Holocaust
  • Amerindians in Canada
  • New France
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