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