Marion Kaplan

Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies; Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History

Columbia University, MA, 1969; PhD 1977

Office: 53 Washington Square South, Room 110

Phone: (212)998-3550

Research Interests

German-Jewish History


Marion Kaplan received her Ph.D. in Modern European History from Columbia University. She has taught at the City University of New York as well as at NYU. In 2012, she won a Golden Dozen Award for teaching from the College of Arts and Science. Her courses include: modern European and modern European - Jewish history; European women’s and Jewish women’s history; the German Racial State; memoirs and diaries in European Jewish history, and 19th and 20th century German history. Her postwar Germany course focuses not only on history, but also on memory and memorialization. Kaplan’s research concentrates on Jewish women’s history and the history of Jewish daily life in Germany. Her publications are based on archival sources, but also on ego-documents, such as diaries, letters, and memoirs that express feelings and personal perspectives along with the crucial details of daily life.

Select Publications

Prof. Kaplan is a three-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award for her books: The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women, Family and Identity in Imperial Germany (New York, Oxford University Press, 1991); Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany (Oxford University Press, 1998); and Gender and Jewish History, co-edited with Deborah Dash Moore (Indiana, 2011).

Her other books include: The Jewish Feminist Movement in Germany: The Campaigns of the Jüdischer Frauenbund, 1904‑1938 (Greenwood Press, 1979); When Biology became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany co‑editor with Renate Bridenthal and Atina Grossmann (Monthly Review Press, 1984);The Marriage Bargain: Women and Dowries in European History, ed. (Institute for Research in History and the Haworth Press, 1985); Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2005); Jüdische Welten: Juden in Deutschland vom 18. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart, co-editor with Beate Meyer (Wallstein Verlag, 2005); and Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosúa, 1940-1945 (New York, 2008), a Finalist, National Jewish Book Award. All of her monographs have been translated into German.