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 program is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.
For more information, please contact Eric Lidji at email@example.com 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).