Julia Riegel is a PhD candidate in Modern European History at Indiana University Bloomington (USA). Riegel’s research interests include modern Polish-Jewish cultural history, the Holocaust in Poland, and music in Polish-Jewish communities. Her dissertation focuses on music in the Warsaw Ghetto, primarily using sources from the Ringelblum Archive to reconstruct how musical life represented, reproduced, and contributed to the ghetto’s complex and contentious social and cultural dynamics. Drawing on approaches from cultural history and sound studies, Riegel examines in particular the interactions between music and the ghetto’s physical space. Her research has been supported by a Fulbright scholarship to Poland and a fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as well as funding from IU’s History Department and Borns Jewish Studies Program. Riegel has an article on the musician, ethnographer, and journalist Menachem Kipnis forthcoming in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry 32, and has written articles for volumes III and VI of the Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945.
Review of The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis by David Fishman