New York University

Marion KaplanMarion Kaplan is Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History at New York University and a three-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award.  She is the author of The Jewish Feminist Movement in Germany: The Campaigns of the Jüdischer Frauenbund, 1904-1938 (1979). She also wrote The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women, Family and Identity in Imperial Germany (1991), which won the American Historical Association Conference Group in Central European History Book Prize for 1991/92 and the National Jewish Book Award. Her next book, Between Dignity and Despair: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany, published in 1998, won the 1996 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History from the Wiener Library and the Institute of Contemporary History, London. It was named a 1998 Notable Book by the New York Times and won the National Jewish Book Award. Her newest monograph, Dominican Haven: The Jewish Refugee Settlement in Sosua, 1940-1945 (2008), was chosen as a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.

She further edited and contributed to: The Marriage Bargain: Women and Dowries in European History (1985) and Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945 (2005), and was a co-editor and contributor to: When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany (1984); Jüdische Welten: Juden in Deutschland vom 18. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart (2005); and Gender and Jewish History (National Jewish Book Award, 2011).

She has also served on the advisory committees of the Museum of Jewish Heritage for its permanent exhibit as well as its exhibits on Jewish resistance in the Holocaust and on Jewish refugees in the Dominican Republic. She teaches modern European history, modern Jewish history, and women’s history. Her most recent research analyzes the port of Lisbon as a refugee haven during WW II.


  • Jewish Families After Kristallnacht
  • Jewish Women and Families in Nazi Germany
  • The Jewish Refugee Settlement in the Dominican Republic: 1940-45
  • From the Comfort of Home to Exile: German Jews and Their Foodways
  • Lisbon is Sold Out! The Daily Lives of Jewish Refugees in Portugal during World War