Miriam Schulz

Columbia University

Miriam Schulz is a Ph.D. candidate in Yiddish Studies at Columbia University. She works as a research assistant for the project “Protecting Memory: Preserving and Memorializing the Holocaust Mass Graves of Eastern Europe” of the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin, and the “Shvidler Project for the History of the Jews of the Soviet Union” spearheaded by NYU’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. In 2017, she co-organized the very first "Summer University for Yiddish Language and Literature" in Berlin together with the Maison de la culture yiddish – Medem Bibliothèque, Paris, and the Institute for Eastern European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. For her monograph Der Beginn des Untergangs (Berlin: Metropol, 2016) Miriam was awarded both the “Scientific Award of the Polish Ambassador in Germany” and the “Hosenfeld/Szpilman Memorial Award.”



‘Before the bow that was drawn’: The Vilna Komitet and its documentation of the destruction of Polish Jewry, 1939–1940/41

Miriam Schulz

Translation by Joshua Price and Miriam Schulz

A translation of the introduction of Miriam Schulz’s recent book, Der Beginn des Untergangs: Die Zerstörung der jüdischen Gemeinden in Polen und das Vermächtnis des Wilnaer Komitees (“Before the bow that was drawn”: The Vilna Komitet and its documentation of the destruction of Polish Jewry).