Justin Cammy

Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and of World Literatures

Justin Cammy

Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2019
Monday, 9–10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 10–11:45 a.m.
Or by appointment.

Seelye Hall 203



A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

B.A., McGill University

JYA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Justin Cammy is a literary and cultural historian with research and teaching interests in Yiddish literature, Eastern European Jewish history, and Zionism and contemporary Israel. He holds a doctorate in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University and a bachelor's in Middle Eastern studies from McGill University. Cammy is a member of the programs in Jewish studies, comparative literature, and Middle Eastern studies, and is adjunct associate professor and graduate faculty in German studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He also serves as co-director of STRIDE (Student Research in Departments) and director of Jewish studies at Smith.

Cammy's publications range from essays on Yiddish literary history to scholarly translations of Yiddish literature to critical introductions to new editions of works by Yiddish writers and memoirists. He is in the final stages of completing a book on Young Vilna, the last Yiddish literary group in interwar Poland, and an English edition of Abraham Sutzkever’s Vilna Ghetto, one of the earliest Yiddish Holocaust memoirs to describe the destruction of a Jewish city.

Cammy is a regular visiting faculty member at Naomi Prawer Kadar summer Yiddish program at Tel Aviv University and the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. In recent years he has served as translation fellow at the Yiddish Book Center (2018); research fellow at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem (2014); Webb Family Visiting Scholar at the Goldreich Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture at Tel Aviv University (2013–14); and Mellon Senior Scholar on the Holocaust and visiting professor of English at UCLA (2009).

In 2006, Cammy was awarded Smith College’s Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching.

Selected Publications


Editor, Arguing the Modern Jewish Canon: Essays on Jewish Literature and Culture, with Dara Horn, Alyssa Quint, and Rachel Rubinstein. Cambridge: Harvard Center for Jewish Studies, 2008.

Translator and editor, On Long Winter Nights: Memoirs of a Jewish Family in a Galician Township 1870-1890, by Hinde Bergner. Cambridge: Harvard Center for Jewish Studies, 2005.

Works in Progress or In Press

Young Vilna: Yiddish Culture of the Last Generation. Indiana University Press, forthcoming.

Abraham Sutzkever, Vilna Ghetto–English translation and scholarly edition of the Yiddish poet’s memoir of the Vilna ghetto and testimony at Nuremberg.

Introduction to Shmerke Kaczerginski, The Destruction of Vilna, trans. Maurice Wolfthal. Wayne State University Press, in progress.

Articles or Book Chapters

Introduction to The Full Pomegranate: Poems of Avrom Sutzkever, selected and translated by Richard Fein. SUNY Press, January 2019.

"The Untold Story of Yungvald," Catalog of the Leyzer Ran Collection. Cambridge: Harvard College Library, 2017, 23-42.

Avrom Novershtern and Justin Cammy, "Written in Moscow, Summer 1944,” Hebrew introduction to Avrom Sutzkever, Geto Vilna. Tel Aviv: Am Oved, 2016, 9-49.

“Foreword,” Vilna, My Vilna: Stories by Abraham Karpinowitz, trans. Helen Mintz. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2015, ix-xxiii.

Chaim Grade and His World. New York: Yivo Encyclopedia Extracts No. 3 - Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, 2010, 22 pages.

“Judging the Judgment of Shomer: Jewish Literature versus Jewish Reading” (article) and “The Judgment of Shomer, by Sholem Aleichem” (annotated translation from Yiddish), Arguing the Modern Jewish Canon. Cambridge: Harvard Center for Jewish Studies, 2008, 85-185.

Cammy and Marta Fliglerowicz, “Translating History Into Art: The Influences of Cyprian Kamil Norwid in Avrom Sutzkever’s Poetry,” Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History 27:3 (2007), 427-473.

“Vision and Redemption: Abraham Sutzkever’s Poems of Zion(ism),” Yiddish After the Holocaust, ed. Joseph Sherman. Oxford: Boulevard Books, 2004, 240-265.

“The Politics of Home, the Culture of Place: ‘Yung Vilne’: A Journal of Literature and Art (1934-1936),” Judische Kultur(en) im Neuen Europa: Wilna 1918-1939, edited by Marina Dmitrieva and Heidemarie Petersen. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2004, 117-133.

“Jung Wilnie i kultura jidysz w miedzywojennym Wilne,” Poezja i poeci w Wilnie lat 1920-1940, edited by Tadeusz Bujnicki and Krzysztof Biedrzycki. (Krakow: Taiwpn Universitas, 2003), 257-286. Translation into Polish and expansion of “Tsevorfenebleter: The Emergence of Yung-Vilne,” Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Vol. 14, edited by Antony Polonsky. London: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2001, 170-191.

Public History and Online Journals

Theresienstadt Archive: A Woman's Micro-History of the Holocaust (2018)

Inhabiting Multiple Homelands: Teaching in a Yiddish Summer Program (2017)