Eva Hoffman is the author of Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews and Exit into History: A Journey Through the New Eastern Europe, among other books. She is currently a visiting professor at the European Institute at University College London. (March 2018)


Hearing Poland’s Ghosts

‘Jewish Wedding,’ 1890s; from a display at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw
The past, in Poland, is not a foreign country; it is morality drama and passion play, combining high ideology and down-and-dirty politics. One recent manifestation of history’s significance has been the creation of several ambitious and architecturally inventive museums dedicated to central events and themes in the Polish past.

Dress British, Think Yiddish

Mark Mazower’s grandfather Max Mazower (left), Saratov, Russia, 1912

What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home

by Mark Mazower
In the second decade of the twenty-first century, we are not yet done with the ghosts and demons of the twentieth. Even as the great cataclysms of the “terrible century” recede in time, recent years have given rise to a growing body of third-generation literature, written mostly (although not only) …

Warsaw Underground


by Andrzej Stasiuk,translated from the Polish by Bill Johnston
The name of Andrzej Stasiuk is unlikely to be known to most American readers, but in his native Poland, he is something of a literary celebrity. His work is widely read, critically praised, and regularly awarded prizes. To many of his contemporaries, he seems to embody a distinctively Polish style …

The Uses of Hell

The Holocaust in American Life

by Peter Novick
More than fifty years after it took place, the Holocaust seems to have a larger presence than ever in American life. News stories about long-delayed discoveries of Nazi crimes and lawsuits brought by victims and survivors are reported on the front pages of the daily papers. In several states, the …