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Barbara Burstin

Barbara Burstin is an instructor at both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie-Mellon University, where she teaches courses on the Holocaust and American Jewish history. She has published articles on the Holocaust, as well as a book, After the Holocaust: The Migration of Polish Jews and Christians to Pittsburgh. Through the Pittsburgh Holocaust Center, Burstin has taught courses on the Holocaust for local high school teachers. Currently she is writing the history of the Jewish community of Pittsburgh.

Articles by this author

Holocaust Survivors: Rescue and Resettlement in the United States

They had made it through World War II and now they were coming to America, 140,000 strong. The women, along with the men, had survived the rigors of the ghettos, the horrors of the concentration camps, the final agony of the death marches. They had been in hiding, or fighting with the partisans. They had escaped to the Soviet Union, some to Shanghai. And even after the war, they had been penned into displaced persons camps, in a holding pattern, waiting for a place to live, determined to get out of Europe. Now America was finally opening its doors, the doors that had been so tightly guarded during the war and, before, in the 1930s. And the American Jewish community was about to shoulder a responsibility that would sorely test its resources, commitment, and understanding.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Barbara Burstin." (Viewed on December 7, 2019) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/burstin-barbara>.


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