International Yiddish Conference & Retreat

Dr. Barbara Burstin, Carnegie Mellon University, U. of Pittsburgh

Dr. Barbara Burstin

DR. BARBARA S. BURSTIN is a graduate of Vassar College, with a Masters from Columbia Teachers College and a PH.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been teaching for over 20 years at the University of Pittsburgh and for many years also at Carnegie Mellon University. The courses she currently teaches are on the American Jewish Experience and the United States and the Holocaust. Selected publications include: After the Holocaust: The Migration of Polish Jews and Polish Christians to Pittsburgh after World War II published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and now Steel City Jews. She has also created and directed a film entitled A Jewish Legacy: Pittsburgh which is available on DVD.

Honors and Awards:
Oskar Halecki Book Award for After the Holocaust, The Solon J. Buck Award for an article in the Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, Nomination for a Regional Emmy for the film- A Jewish Legacy: Pittsburgh:, and various community service awards including the Emanuel Spector Community Service Award. She has been an active member of the Jewish community serving as president of the local chapter of the American Jewish Committee, Chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Holocaust Commission, President of the Hillel-Jewish University Center and Chairman of the Pittsburgh United Jewish Federation. She also served for twelve years on the City of Pittsburgh’s Human Relations Commission. She is working on a second volume of Steel City Jews that would look at Pittsburgh and its Jewish community in the 1920′s 1930′s and 1940′s.