Marci Shore

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Marci Shore is an American associate professor of intellectual history at Yale University. She specializes in the history of literary and political engagement with Marxism and phenomenology. Shore is the author of Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism, 1918–1968, a milieu biography of Polish and Polish-Jewish writers drawn to Marxism in the twentieth century, of The Taste of Ashes, a study of the presence of the communist and Nazi past in today's Eastern Europe, and the translator of Michal Glowinski's Holocaust memoir, The Black Seasons. Since 2005, Shore has been married to Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale.[1]


Shore graduated in 1991 from William Allen High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1994,[2] her M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1996,[3] and her doctorate from Stanford University in 2001.[3] She works chiefly in French, German, Polish, Russian, Czech, Slovak, Ukrainian, and Yiddish sources. She was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Harriman Institute, an assistant professor of history and Jewish studies at Indiana University, and the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Visiting Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at Yale.[3] She has twice been a fellow of the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna. Shore teaches European cultural and intellectual history at Yale.[3]


Her book, Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968, won eight awards and was shortlisted for several more. These include:[4]



  • The Taste of Ashes (Crown Books/Random House, 2013, UK edition: Heinemann, German edition: Beck, Polish edition: Swiat Ksiazki)
  • Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968 (Yale University Press, 2006, Polish edition: Swiat Ksiazki, 2009)
  • Translator, Michal Glowinski's The Black Seasons (Northwestern University Press, 2005)


  • "Czysto Babski: A Women's Friendship in a Man's Revolution", East European Politics and Societies
  • "Engineering in the Age of Innocence: A Genealogy of Discourse Inside the Czechoslovak Writer's Union, 1949-1967", East European Politics and Societies
  • "Children of the Revolution: Communism, Zionism, and the Berman Brothers", Jewish Social Studies
  • "Conversing with Ghosts: Jedwabne, Zydokomuna, and Totalitarianism", Kritika: Explorations of Russian and Eurasian History
  • "Tevye's Daughters: Jews and European Modernity", Contemporary European History
  • "When God Died: Symptoms of the East European Avant-Garde-and of Slavoj Zizek", Slovo a smysl/Word and Sense: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Theory and Criticism in Czech Studies
  • "Man liess sie nicht mal ein paar Worte sagen", Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • "Za dużo kompromisów. Stop", Gazeta Wyborcza (Warsaw)


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