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Joanna Beata Michlic is an American scholar of Polish-Jewish history and the Holocaust in Poland.


Michlic was a professor of Polish-Jewish history at Lehigh University, where she served as an associate professor in history and chair of the Holocaust and Ethical Values Studies program. Michlic received her bachelor's degree from the University of Łódź, and her master's degree from the University of London. In 2008, Michlic joined the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University and in 2013 the faculty of Bristol University.[1]

Research and viewsEdit

In a 2014 study Michlic discussed the Polish myth of the "ungrateful Jew", which is a popular narrative that emerged in post-Communist Poland. According to the study of post-war letters between Jews and rescuers, while many Jews did break off contacts with their rescuers, they did so deliberately to protect the rescuers from the rampant Polish anti-semitism at the time, which would have led to possible retribution against the rescuers by their neighbors.[2]

Selected worksEdit

  • Poland's Threatening Other: The Image of the Jew from 1880 to the Present, 2006, ISBN 0-8032-3240-3
  • Neighbors Respond: The Controversy about Jedwabne (with Antony Polonsky), 2003, ISBN 0-691-11306-8
  • The Polish Debate about the Jedwabne Massacre
  • Bringing the Dark Past to Light. The Memory of the Holocaust in Postcommunist Europe, 2013, co-edited with John-Paul Himka, Nebraska University Press


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