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Barbara Burstin

Barbara Burstin is a long-time member of the history faculty of both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie-Mellon University. She teaches courses on America and the Holocaust and on the American Jewish experience. She has written five books, including After the Holocaust: The Migration of Polish Jews and Christians to Pittsburgh; Steel City Jews, vol. 1 and vol. 2, on the history of the Pittsburgh Jewish community; Jewish Pittsburgh; and Sophie: The Incomparable Mayor Masloff, the first Jewish and first female mayor of Pittsburgh. She has also produced two films on Pittsburgh Jewish history. She has lectured extensively in the general community.

Articles by this author

Holocaust Survivors: Rescue and Resettlement in the United States

Immediately after the Holocaust, the American Jewish community assisted in the postwar rehabilitation and resettlement of survivors who arrived in the United States. Families sponsored European relatives and communal agencies organized to help survivors’ adjustment. While the contemporary media described a warm welcome by American communities and survivors’ rapid acclimation, this triumphant narrative belied the fraught reality of survivors’ early years in the United States.

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