Sophie: The Incomparable Mayor Masloff

Thursday, March 5, 2020 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Heinz History Center
Free | Please register in advance

Add to Calendar03/05/2020 06:00 PM03/05/2020 08:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkSophie: The Incomparable Mayor MasloffJoin us for a special evening event to celebrate Dr. Burstin’s recently released biography, “Sophie: The Incomparable Mayor Masloff.”Heinz History CenterHeinz History CenterfalseMM/DD/YYYY

Dr. Barbara S. Burstin’s new book, “Sophie: The Incomparable Mayor Masloff,” is the first biography of the “Jewish grandmother” who became one of the most beloved mayors of Pittsburgh. The book mixes anecdotes with an analysis of Masloff’s career, providing a personal and critical look at a quintessential Pittsburgher.

On March 5, the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Heinz History Center will host a special evening event to celebrate Dr. Burstin’s recently released biography, featuring selections from the book and rarely seen materials from Masloff’s archive.

This free program includes remarks by Mayor Bill Peduto; a panel discussion with Sophie’s finance director Jim Turner and KDKA reporter Paul Martino; a presentation from cartoonist Tim Menees; a rare exhibition of Sophie’s personal archives; and an opportunity to purchase Dr. Burstin’s book.


This program is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.

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For more information, please contact Eric Lidji at or 412-454-6406.

About Barbara S. Burstin

Barbara S. Burstin is a respected Holocaust and Jewish studies scholar who teaches courses on American Jewish history at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. She has been chair of the Pittsburgh Jewish Federation, the Hillel-JUC, the Holocaust Commission, and the local chapter of the American Jewish Committee. She is the author of a two-volume history of the Pittsburgh Jewish community, “Steel City Jews,” as well as “Jewish Pittsburgh” (Arcadia Publishing), and “After the Holocaust: The Migration of Polish Jews and Christians to Pittsburgh” (University of Pittsburgh Press).


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