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Donata Blobaum

Lecturer

Teaching Fields

  • 20th-Century Europe
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Holocaust

Degrees

  • Ph.D. in History and Political Science, Department of Journalism and Political Studies, The University of Warsaw, 2009; Dissertation: The Evolution of German Propaganda in the Warsaw General-Government: The “New Warsaw Courier,” 1939-1945.
  • M.A., Political Science, Department of Political Science, The University of Warsaw, 2003
  • M.A., Department of History, The University of Warsaw, 2001
  • Certificate in Professional Management Marketing Studies, Department of Management, The University of Warsaw – 2008

Research Interests

As an historian of the Second World War in Europe, Dr. Blobaum's research focuses on the history of the Polish-language “reptile” (collaborationist) press as well as the Holocaust and antisemitism in Poland. 

In her research dedicated to the history of Polish reptile press she analyzes the relationship between propaganda and the press under German and Soviet occupation regimes as well as its social/political reception and impacts, for example, on Polish-Jewish relations. 

In 2002, she published a monograph about one of these newspapers titled Free Łomża. Perspectives on Soviet Policy and Propaganda in the Łomża Region 1939-1941. 

Her current book project analyzes the evolution of the German propaganda in “The Warsaw Courier” based on her Ph.D. dissertation. 

She is a 2015 recipient of Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for University Faculty on Teaching the Holocaust at Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies in U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where I had the opportunity to be mentored by Professor Peter Hayes, one of the leading Holocaust educators in the United States. 

She was also a participant in the 20th Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization organized in 2015 by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, where she was mentored by the field’s leading scholars, among them Christopher Browning and Wendy Lower. 

She also received a Teaching Grant from the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University to develop the course “History of the Holocaust” at WVU.

Courses Offered

  • HIST 418: Eastern Europe since 1945
  • HIST 293: History of the Holocaust

Publications

(co-author), “A Different Kind of Home Front: War, Gender and Propaganda in Warsaw, 1914-1918” in World War I and Propaganda, ed. Troy R.E. Paddock (Leiden and Boston, Brill, 2014): 247-270.

Wolna Łomża. Oblicze radzieckiej polityki i propagandy w Łomżyńskiem w okresie 1939 – 1941, Łomża: Oficyna Wydawnicza Stopka 2002 [Free Łomża. Perspectives on Soviet Policy and Propaganda in the Łomża Region 1939-1941].

Awards and Fellowships (in the U.S.)

Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar for University Faculty on Teaching the Holocaust: Causes, Course, Consequences. Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. June 1-12, 2015.

20th Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization. Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University. June 22-July 2, 2015.

Teaching Grant, Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University. 2015.