Marion Kaplan

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

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

Gender and Jewish History, co-editor with Deborah Dash Moore (Indiana, 2011)

Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosúa, 1940-1945 (New York, 2008)

Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945 (Oxford U Press, 2005)

Jüdische Welten: Juden in Deutschland vom 18. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart, co-editor (with Beate Meyer) and contributor (Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen, 2005)

Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany (Oxford University Press, March 1998)

The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women, Family, and Identity in Imperial Germany (New York, Oxford University Press, 1991)

The Jewish Feminist Movement in Germany: The Campaigns of the Juedischer Frauenbund, 1904-1938 (Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1979)

The Marriage Bargain: Women and Dowries in European History Contributing Editor (New York: Institute for Research in History and the Haworth Press, 1985)

When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany Co-Editor with Renate Bridenthal and Atina Grossmann (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1984)

Geschichte des Judischen Alltags in Deutschland: Vom 17. Jahrhundert bis 1945 Contributing Editor (Munich, Beck Verlag, 2003)

 Update your faculty profile