Nechama Tec

Professor Emeritus


NECHAMA TEC, Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of Connecticut, Stamford, received her PhD from Columbia University. A Holocaust scholar, for years, Tec’s research and publications have concentrated on the intricate relationships between self-preservation, compassion, altruism, rescue, resistance, cooperation and gender. She is currently working on two books: 1. Profiles of Women; 2. A Comparative Study of Jewish and Non-Jewish Resistance.

On April 6, 2003, Tec received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Seton Hall University.

In 2002, she was appointed by President Bush to the Council of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C. Tec also serves on the Academic Advisory Committee at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

In 1997, she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Miles Lerman Center for the Study of Jewish Resistance, at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

In 1995, she was a Scholar-in-Residence at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.

Tec is the author of the following books:
Co-author with Christopher Browning, et. al., Letters of Hope and Despair to be published by Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Resilience and Courage: Women. Men. and the Holocaust, Yale University Press, 2003. This book was: a History Book Club selection; a winner of the 2002-2003 National Jewish Book Award; nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and for the National Book Award.

Defiance: The Bielski Partisans. Oxford University Press, 1993. Winner of the First Prize for Holocaust literature in 1995 by the WorId Federation of Fighters, Partisans and Concentration Camp Inmates, Israel. In 1994, it received an International Ann Frank, Special Recognition Prize, Switzerland.

In The Lion’s Den: The Life of Oswald Rufeisen. Oxford University Press, 1990. Winner if The Christopher Award; nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

When Light Pierced the Darkness: Christian Rescue of Jews in Nazi-Occupied Poland. Oxford University Press, 1986. Received the Merit of Distinction Award from the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.

Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood. Oxford University Press, 1984. Received the Merit of Distinction Award from the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.

Her earlier two books are: Grass is Green in Suburbia: A Sociological Study of Adolescent Use of Illicit Drugs. and Gambling in Sweden.

Her books have been translated into Dutch, French, Hebrew, German, Italian and Polish.

Nechama Tec is also the author of over seventy scholarly articles and continues to be a frequent lecturer at international and national meetings and conferences. Over the years Tec’s research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and others.

Nechama Tec
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