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Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.
Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D., teaches at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. Trained in comparative literature at Yale, she specializes in issues having to do with memory and trauma. She also writes and teaches about 20th century French and English literature, often focusing on questions of narrative and gender. She has published academic articles on the role of trauma in literature, from the novels of Virginia Woolf to writers responding to the Holocaust authors such as Charlotte Delbo and Patrick Modiano. She edited "Trauma at Home: After 9/11" in 2003, a collection of essays by writers, psychologists, photographers and academics both in New York and around the world as they responded to the attacks within months of 9/11.
Her current book project, "Cypora's Echo," is an "intergenerational memoir" that explores how we pass on family stories, particularly traumatic ones. At its center is the story of two cousins, Cypora and her 11 month old baby Rachel, who fled a Polish ghetto in 1942. Cypora wrote a diary bearing witness to the horrors surrounding her and both Cypora's diary and her daughter Rachel survived the war, following incredible paths. "Cypora's Echo" charts the journey Judith Greenberg followed to learn more about Cypora, Rachel, and the brave Christian women who saved Rachel, learning about herself and her own relationship with her mother in the process.