SILS Alumna, Lynn W. Zimmerman, authors "Jewish Studies and Holocaust Education in Poland"

September 3, 2013

Dr. Lynn ZimmermanDr. Lynn W. Zimmerman (MSLS '96), an alumna of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and professor of Education at Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana and of Applied Linguistics, Tischner European University, Krakow, Poland, has authored the book, Jewish Studies and Holocaust Education in Poland with contributing authors who are involved with this topic. 

"This volume 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." According to the Web site of McFarland Publishing.

Zimmerman is an alumna of SILS obtaining her Master's of Science in Library Science in 1996. She graduated from UNC - Greensboro with a Ph.D. in 2002. She is currently a professor of Education at Purdue University Calumet. She also teaches Applied Linguistics at Tischner European University if Krakow, Poland. She was a 2009 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Wroclaw in Poland and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland from 1992 to 1994.

Although the book is not yet published, it is available for pre-purchase at It is expected to be available this fall or winter.