Professor Seweryn Bialer

Professor Seweryn Bialer
Professor Seweryn Bialer (1926-2019)

Seweryn Bialer, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Columbia University, MacArthur Fellow, and survivor of Auschwitz, died on February 8, 2019, at his home in Manhattan. 

Professor Bialer served in Poland's postwar Communist government before defecting to the West in 1956. In 1966, he earned his (second) Ph.D. at Columbia University, where he guided a generation of students while traveling the world as a highly sought lecturer and analyst of Soviet affairs.

He is survived by his spouse, Joan Afferica, L. Clarke Seelye Professor Emeritus of History, Smith College.

Please click here to read the obituary in The New York Times.

Please click here to read a remembrance from The Harriman Institute.