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Lidia Zessin-Jurek, Ph.D.


  • T. G. Masaryk
  • History of Scientific Institutions in Czechoslovakia after 1952


  • 2006–2010: PhD, Department of History and Civilisation, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • 2006–2007: Master of Research, Department of History and Civilisation,  European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • 2001–2006: MA, Faculty of Philosophy and History University of Łódź

Research Interest

Polish Jewish refugees, memory of the Holocaust and the Gulag, Polish and East Central European nationalism

Research projects since 2010

  • Unlikely refuge? Refugees and citizens in East-Central Europe in the 20th century, ERC Consolidator grant, Research fellow, 09/2019–2024
  • The Siberian Odyssey of the Polish Jews, Die Zeit Stiftung and Szloma-Albam-Stiftung, 2015–2019
  • The Gulag memory in East Central Europe, Imre Kertesz Kolleg, 2012–2013

Teaching Practice

  • Since 2017: European University Viadrina (Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Polenstudien), Teaching Assistant: MA and BA Courses, awards: DAAD Teaching Grant (2019) and Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University Teaching Grant (2018)
  • Since 2018: Krzyżowa/Kreisau Stiftung – project coordinator “Entangled History as a perspective for non-formal education” (Holocaust education)

Fellowships abroad since 2010

  • 04/2024: Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar Fellow, the United Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC: “Refugees and the Holocaust”
  • 02/2018: Shvidler Visiting Research Fellow of Fordham University, New York               
  • 09/2017: Deutsches Historisches Institut Research Fellow, Warsaw
  • 09–10/2016: European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, European Council’s  Research Fellow, the International Tracing Service, Bad Arolsen
  • 2015: Polish-German Research Institute, Collegium Polonicum, Research Associate
  • 2012–2013: Imre Kertész Kolleg, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, Junior Research Fellow
  • 2015, 2010: Polish Studies Association in the United States (Columbia University, New York) and The Copernicus Endowment for Polish Studies (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor) travel grants


Publication List at MIA CAS

ASEP Database (Records of the Publication Activity at the MIA CAS)


Publications since 2010


  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia (ed.), Meier Landau, A Lost World. Galician Shtetl and Siberia, Brill Schoeningh 2023.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia, and Katharina Friedla. Syberiada Żydów polskich. Warsaw: Jewish Historical Institute 2020.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia. Polish Risorgimento. Visions of the Modern Polish Nation and their Italian Foundations. Frankfurt, Oxford, New York, 2012.

Book chapters

  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia, Long Jewish Roads to Safety – Meier Landau’s Life as a Refugee – Introduction to the Book: Meier Landau, A Lost World. Galician Shtetl and Siberia, Brill Schoeningh 2023.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia, Foreword to: Yoram Eckstein, An Involuntary Traveler. A Memoir from the First Twenty Years, Dorrance Publishing 2022.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia, A Matzeva Amid Crosses: Jewish Exiles in the Polish Memory of Siberia, in: Polish Jews in the Soviet Union (1939–1959), eds. Katharina Friedla, Markus Nesselrodt, Boston: Academic Studies Press 2021, 236–260.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia. Uchodźstwo jako manifestacja wolności i oporu na przykładzie relacji polskich Żydów o jesieni 1939 roku, in: Pola Wolności, ed. by Alicja Bartuś, Oświęcim-Poznań: Wydawnictwo WSB 2020, 39–58,
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia. Macewa pośród krzyży. Żydzi w polskiej pamięci Sybiru, in: Syberiada Żydów polskich, eds. Lidia Zessin-Jurek, Katharina Friedla, Warsaw: Jewish Historical Institute 2020, 61–130.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia. The rise of an Eastern European community of memory? – On Lobbying for Gulag Memory via Brussels, in: European Memory: Eastern Perspectives, eds. Małgorzata Pakier and Joanna Wawrzyniak, Berghahn Books, 2015, 131–149.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia. Forgotten Memory? The Vicissitudes of the Gulag Memory in Poland, in: Life Writing and Politics of Memory in Eastern Europe, eds. Simona Mitroiu, Palgrave Macmillan 2015, 45–65.


  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia, (Non)responsibility for Refugees – Communicating about the Belarusian-Polish Border (2021–2023), Migration Studies – Review of Polish Diaspora 3/189, 2023, Special Issue: Refugees on the Polish-Belarusian Border DOI: 10.4467/25444972SMPP.23.031.19146.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia, On a Melting Ice Floe – Polish Jewish Wartime Refugees in Central Asia, Journal of Genocide Research 2023,
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia, Poland, a Country of Refuge: Revisiting the Historiography Patterns of Migration, Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung (ZfO) 71/4, 2022.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia, Whose Victims and Whose Survivors? The Memory of Polish-Jewish Wartime Exiles in the USSR, Holocaust and Genocide Studies 36/2, 2022 *** Best Article Award 2023 *** Polish Memory Studies Association (MSA),
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia, Refugees Welcome to History and Memory: Polish (and Jewish) World War II Exiles in Hungary, with Ágnes Katalin Kelemen, Hungarian Studies Review 49/1, 2022.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia, Who is a ‘true’ refugee? On the limits of Polish hospitality, with Olena Babakova, Kamila Fiałkowska, Marta Kindler, Center of Migration Research, Spotlight 41/6, 2022.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia, Hide and Seek with History – Holocaust Teaching at Polish Schools. In Cultures of History Forum. Section: Remembering the Shoah (03.09.2019), DOI: 10.25626/0103.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia.The Ebbs and Flows of the Holocaust and Gulag memory in Europe. Memory Dynamics in the National and Transnational Contexts. In Zbudować wspólną przyszłość, edited by Joanna Sondel-Cedarmas, Serie Studia nad Autorytaryzmem i Totalitaryzmem. Wrocław 2018, 40, 87–103.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia. Different Events – Same Story. ‘Multidirectional Memory’ of the Holocaust as a method of non-formal education. In Entangled History as a perspective for non-formal education, edited by Merle Schmidt and Carolin Wenzel, Berlin 2017, 99–105.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia. Zwangsdeportationen nach Sibirien und gespaltene Erinnerung in der EU. In: Forced migrations under communist rule – differences and similarities, Thuringian Commissioner for the Rehabilitation of Injustice Perpetrated by the Socialist Unity Party in the GDR website ( ), 1–10.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia. Un entusiasmo in declino: un nuovo sguardo sulla percezione del Risorgimento in Polonia (1848–1871) “Diacronie. Studi di Storia Contemporanea” 2011, no. 5 Italie ‘altre’. Immagini e comunità italiane all’estero, 1–20.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia. The Italian Role in the Construction of the Concept "Pole-Catholic". East European Politics and Societies 2/2010, 254–268.
  • Zessin-Jurek, Lidia. A Completely Different 1968. Dekadentzya. A Literary Journal from Poland 2010, 117–124.