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Marion Kaplan

Marion Kaplan is a three-time National Jewish Book Award winner for The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women, Family and Identity in Imperial Germany (1991), Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany (1998), and Gender and Jewish History (with Deborah Dash Moore, 2011) as well as a finalist for Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosua (2008). She has edited and written books on Jewish women’s history and German-Jewish history. Her most recent book is Hitler's Jewish Refugees: Hope and Anxiety in Portugal (Yale, 2020).

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Marion Kaplan." (Viewed on June 22, 2021) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/kaplan-marion>.

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