Gunnar S. Paulsson

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Gunnar Svante (Steve) Paulsson is a Swedish-born Canadian historian who has taught in Britain and Canada.

Paulsson graduated Oxford University with a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in 1998. He has held the positions of the senior historian of the Holocaust Exhibition Project Office at the Imperial War Museum in London, Koerner visiting fellow and lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and Pearl Resnick fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. He has also taught at the University of Toronto.


  • Secret City: The Hidden Jews of Warsaw 1940-1945 (Yale University Press, 2002)
  • Published in Poland as Utajone miasto: Żydzi po aryjskiej stronie Warszawy 1940-1945 (Znak, 2008) Translator Elzbieta Olender-Dmowska; Editors, Barbara Engelking & Jacek Leociak
  • The Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum (Imperial War Museum, 2000)
  • Editor of Barbara Engelking, Holocaust and Memory (Continuum, 2000)


  • 1998 Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, awarded by the Institute of Contemporary History for "the best unpublished manuscript in one of the Institute's areas of interest (the two World Wars, extremist political movements of the left and right, East European and Jewish history)"
  • 2004 Biennial Polish Studies Association/Orbis Prize for "the best first book in English on any aspect of Polish affairs published in the past two years"
  • 2009 Inaugural Kazimierz Moczarski Prize for "the best historical book published in Poland in the past year" (for the Polish edition, Utajone miasto)