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Barbara Milewski

Associate Professor of Music


  2. Phone: (610) 328-8238
  3. Lang Music Building 402

Barbara Milewski is Associate Professor of Music in the Department of Music and Dance at Swarthmore College.  She earned an AB from Bowdoin College, and an MA and PhD from SUNY Stony Brook and Princeton University, respectively. A Polish music specialist, she has lectured extensively on Chopin and folk music, Polish musical memory, and music of the concentration camps. Her scholarship has appeared in 19th-century Music, Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, 19th-century Music Review, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and most recently in the volume Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture, ed. by Tina Frühauf and Lily Hirsch. With Bret Werb she produced an annotated compact disc of archival recordings, Aleksander Kulisiewicz: Ballads and Broadsides. Her translations of Polish songs for that recording, as well as for Thomas Pasatieri's song cycle Letter to Warsaw, and Paul Schoenfield's Camp Songs, have brought wider attention to the remarkable repertoire of topical songs created in the Nazi camps. Her work has been generously supported by fellowships and prizes awarded by Fulbright, the American Musicological Society, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, and the Kosciuszko Foundation. She is also the recipient of a Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2015, with Theater scholar Allen Kuharski, she secured a prestigious Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Grant to bring Michał Zadara’s acclaimed theater work, Chopin Without Piano, to Swarthmore, Philadelphia and Boston for its North American premiere. ( This year she received an NEH Fellowship for her research project, Hidden in Plain View: The Music of Holocaust Survival in Poland’s First Postwar Feature Film. In addition to that work, she is currently completing a book-length study provisionally titled Musical Mementos from Sachsenhausen, Buchenwald, and Auschwitz-Birkenau. You can find Milewski’s CV and published work at


Camp Mementos from Krystyna Zywulska: The Making of a Satiri

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