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Celia Stopnicka Heller

Title: Celia Stopnicka Heller
Inclusive Dates: 1935-2001
ID: RG 1947
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Celia Heller was born on November 25, 1922 in Stryj, Poland to a middle-class Jewish family.  In 1938, she emigrated to the United States with her immediate family, settling in New York, where she completed high school in 1940.  In June, 1950, she received her B.A. at Brooklyn College and earned her M.A. in Sociology at Columbia University in 1952.  In 1964, she earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University, after which she accepted a position as an assistant professor at Hunter College.  She achieved promotion to full professor in 1972 and was awarded Emeritus status in 1984.  During her tenure at Hunter College, she also taught and supervised Ph.D. candidates at the CUNY Graduate Center.  She was one of the founders of the Jewish Studies program at CUNY and an active member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Sociological Association.  She served as President of the Association for the Scientific Study of Jewry (1977-79) and as Vice-President of American Professors for Peace in the Middle East.  She also served on the boards of various organizations, including the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, American Associates of Bar-Ilan University, and the American Federation of Polish Jews.  In addition to numerous articles and reviews, she  published several books: Mexican American Youth: Forgotten Youth at the Crossroads (1966), New Converts to the American Dream? Mobility Aspirations of Young Mexican Americans (1971), On the Edge of Destruction: Jews of Poland between the Two World Wars (1977, 1987, 1994), and edited a textbook, Structured Social Inequality – A Reader in Comparative Social Stratification (1969, 1987).  She is best known for her book, On the Edge of Destruction (1977, 1980, 1994), which won the National Jewish Book Award.  In her Emeritus years, she focused her research on Jewish life in post-World War II Poland.  She died in New York on April 16, 2011.
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Acquired: 12/21/2010.
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Acquisition Note: Raquel Cagan ; Acc. 03/13
Collection Material Type: Personal Papers
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