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Janine Holc, Ph.D.

Janine Holc


Professor Holc’s research focuses on gender, sexuality, and social relations in the context of Central Europe. Specializing in Poland, she has published on elections, reproductive rights, Holocaust memory, and activism. Her latest book, The Weavers of Trautenau: Jewish Female Forced Labor in the Holocaust. (Brandeis University Press, 2023), assembles survivor testimonies to reconstruct the experience of hundreds of Polish-Jewish girls and young women in slave labor camps in the Sudetenland during World War II. 


  • Ph.D, The Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A., The Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A., Illinois State University


  • The Weavers of Trautenau: Jewish Female Forced Labor in the Holocaust. [Book] Brandeis University Press, 2023.  
  • “The History of Poland in the Wake of the Holocaust,” The Polish Review 66 (4) (2021): 44-52.
  • “Holocaust Testimony, Autobiography, and the Effaced Self.” Autobiografia: Literatura, Kultura, Media 14 (1) (2020): 15-34.
  • With Amanda Konradi. “Polish Manhood in Transition: Anxieties of Neoliberal Masculinity in Robert Gliński’s Cześć Tereska.” East European Politics and Societies 34 (3) (2020): 752-772.
  • “Anti-Semitism in Poland, Against and Beyond.” Slavic Review 78 (2) (2019): 506-513.
  • “Polin, The Museum of the History of Polish Jews.” American Historical Review 123 (4) (2018): 1267-69.
  • “The Polish-Lithuanian Borderlands, Past and Present: Multicultural versus Decolonial Responses to Local and State Violence.” Nationalities Papers 46 (4) (2018): 654-670.
  • The Politics of Trauma and Memory Activism: Polish-Jewish Relations Today. [Book] Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.