Maya “Zuni”

González

Jewish HISTORIAN

yiddishist

holocaust & Genocide educator

About

me

Education

MA in History, Certificate in Public History, 2021-2023

University of Massachusetts Amherst


BA in Jewish Studies and History (Intensive), 2017-2021

University of California, Santa Cruz

I am a scholar of modern Jewish history, Yiddish, and memories of genocide. My research interest is in American Holocaust memory in film, museums, and other kinds of public expression.


No matter what I'm working on, I'm always surrounded by books. Currently, I am a full-time Bibliography Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA.

Recent Projects

Reproductive Justice Zine:

30+ Yiddish words to talk about reproductive justice!

Final project, steiner summer program 2023

  • Learn more about the zine in Rebecca Margolis’s article “Yiddish Learning by New Learners: Two Zines and Two Games Student Projects from the Steiner Program’s Intermediate Class” on In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies

"Imagining the 'Day of Reckoning': American Jewish Protest Performance during the Holocaust"

MA THESIS, UMASS AMHERST 2023

WRITING

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“The German Weaponization of Jewish Victims: Jewish Complicity and ‘Privilege’ during the Nazi Occupation of Greek Salonica." Crimson Historical Review III, no. II (Spring 2021): 24-34. Link


"Schindler's List and Jewish Representation." Leviathan Jewish Journal 46 (Spring 2019): 47-49.

Speaking

Paper, “Sensationalism and Solidarity: The Material, Literary, and Historical Legacies of Chaim Margoles-Davidzon,” Farbindungen Yiddish Conference, February 18, 2024.


Paper, “The Invisible Conflict: American Jewish Activism in Ken Burns’ The US and the Holocaust (2022),” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, December 18, 2023.


Invited Lecture, “Yiddish: Past, Present, Future,” Temple Beth El Aptos, November 2, 2023.


Paper, "Staging the 'Chorus of Civilization': Public Displays of Justice in Holocaust Protest Performance," Boston University Graduate Student Political History Conference, April 22, 2023.


Paper, “Imagining the 'Day of Reckoning': Public Displays of Justice in Holocaust Protest Performances,” Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, December 19, 2022.


Invited Lecture, “Remember Us: Holocaust Representations in European-Jewish Émigré Film, 1942-1945,” History 112: Introduction to World Religions, University of Massachusetts Amherst, October 4, 2021.


Workshop, “Holocaust Film in the Early 1940s,” Holocaust Museum of Los Angeles Internship Program, July 7, 2021.


Invited Lecture, “Remember Us: Holocaust Representations in European-Jewish Émigré Film, 1942-1945,” History 75: Film and the Holocaust, University of California, Santa Cruz, June 2, 2021.


Project Presentation, “Remember Us: Online Exhibit” Digital Scholarship Research Symposium, University of California, Santa Cruz, May 29, 2021.


Interview, “Remember Us: Holocaust Representations in European-Jewish Émigré Film, 1942-1945” with Professor Alma Heckman, Undergraduate History Showcase, University of California, Santa Cruz, May 25, 2021.

Get in touch

LINKED IN

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mayacgonzalez/

Email

mcgonzalez@umass.edu