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Amy Simon

Amy  Simon
  • Assistant Professor
  • Faculty
  • Case Hall Room S310
  • 842 Chestnut Rd
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • 517-884-1270


Professor Simon holds the William and Audrey Farber Family Chair in Holocaust Studies and European Jewish History, participating in James Madison College, the Department of History, and Jewish Studies. Her research examines victim representations of perpetrators in Yiddish diaries written in the Warsaw, Lodz, and Vilna ghettos during World War II. Dr. Simon completed her PhD at Indiana University in European History and Jewish Studies. She is the recipient of a Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship as well as the Leon Milman Memorial Fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC where she also worked as a researcher on a new digital humanities project. Her teaching focuses on a holistic and inter-disciplinary approach to history that incorporates a variety of areas, including historiography, film, literature, public history, and testimony.]


Simon, Amy. "Imperfect Humans and Perfect Beasts: Changing Perceptions of German and Jewish Persecutors in Holocaust Ghetto Diaries." Journal of Jewish Identities 13, no. 1 (2020): 85-106.

Simon, Amy. “Teaching with Holocaust Diaries: Voices from the Chasm” in Understanding and Teaching the Holocaust, edited by Avinoam Patt and Laura Hilton, 199-212. University of Wisconsin Press, Harvey Goldberg Series for Understanding and Teaching History, 2020.