Jewish Studies and Holocaust Education in Poland (McFarland, 2014), examines how people in Poland learn about Jewish life, culture and history, including the Holocaust. The main text provides background on concepts such as culture, identity and stereotypes, as well as on specific topics such as Holocaust education as curriculum, various educational institutions, and the connection of arts and cultural festivals to identity and culture. It also gives a brief overview of Polish history and Jewish history in Poland, as well as providing insight into how the Holocaust and Jewish life and culture are viewed and taught in present-day Poland. This background material is supported by essays by Poles who have been active in the changes that have taken place in Poland since 1989. A young Jewish-Polish man gives insight into what it is like to grow up in contemporary Poland, and a Jewish-Polish woman who was musical director and conductor of the Jewish choir, Tslil, gives her view of learning through the arts. Essays by Polish scholars active in Holocaust education and curriculum design give past, present and future perspectives of learning about Jewish history and culture.
The author and editor, Lynn W. Zimmerman, is a professor of Education at Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana, and of Applied Linguistics at Tischner European University, Krakow, Poland. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland, 1992-1994, and as a Fulbright Scholar, University Wroclaw, Poland, in 2009. She also serves as associate editor on Educational Technology & Change Journal, specializing in teacher education. Click here for a preview of her book.
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