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Dr. Aleksandra Pomiecko

Aleksandra Pomiecko
2019-2020 Pearl Resnick Postdoctoral Fellow

“Transatlantic Connections: Ships, Migrants, and the Second World War in Mexico”

Professional Background

Dr. Aleksandra Pomiećko is currently Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto (Canada). She likewise holds a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. She received a dual BA in History and French Languages and Literature at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as an MA in Central and East European Studies from Uniwersytet Jagielloński in Kraków (Poland).

Dr. Pomiećko is the author of numerous publications including “Banditry in the Northeastern regions of the Second Polish Republic in the 1920s,” in The Journal of Belarusian Studies (2017) and “Survival and Accommodation: The Case of the Muslim-Tatar Youth Union, 1942-1944” in Nauchnye Trudy- istoricheskie i psikhologo-pedagogicheskie nauki (2016). She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, provisionally titled, Bound by Exclusion and Violence: Belarusian Networks and Conflict, 1921-1956.

Fellowship Research

Dr. Pomiećko was awarded the 2019-2020 Pearl Resnick Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies for her research project, “Transatlantic Connections: Ships, Migrants, and the Second World War in Mexico.” Her research examines the role of Mexico as a crucial site during the Holocaust and Second World War through the use of the Museum’s available collections, the Arolsen Archives (formerly the International Tracing Service), and the expertise of resident archivists, librarians, and researchers.

The goal of Dr. Pomiećko’s research is to shed new light on Mexico as an important subject in the field of Holocaust Studies.  By studying Mexico’s domestic situation and connections with other states, primarily through the trade of petroleum and the acceptance or denial of refugees, she hopes her research will push for a continuing global understanding of the event.

Residency Period: September 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020