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Susan Zuccotti received her B.A. in history from Wellesley College, and her PhD in modern European history from Columbia University. She is the author of The Italians and the Holocaust: Persecution, Rescue, and Survival (New York: Basic Books, 1987); The Holocaust, the French and the Jews (New York: Basic Books, 1993);  Under His Very Windows: The Vatican and the Holocaust in Italy (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000); and Holocaust Odysseys: The Jews of Saint Martin Vésubie and Their Flight through France and Italy, 1939-1945 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007). She has also published many articles and reviews in academic journals. Her first book received the National Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Studies in the United States and the Premio Acqui Storia--Primo Lavoro in Italy.  Under His Very Windows received the National Jewish Book Award for Jewish-Christian Relations and the Sybil Halpern Milton Prize of the German Studies Association.

Dr. Zuccotti has taught Holocaust and general Western European history at Columbia and Barnard Colleges in New York City and at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.  Her new biography of Père Marie-Benoît (Padre Maria Benedetto), a French Capuchin priest who, working closely with Jewish friends and associates, rescued thousands of Jews in Marseille and Rome during the Holocaust, will be published in the spring of 2013.