Anna Sommer Schneider

Associate Director and Professor of jewish civilization

Sommer

Anna Sommer Schneider received her Ph.D. from the Department of Jewish Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. She is the author of She’erit Hapletah: Surviving Remnant. The Activities of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Poland, 1945-1989 (published in Poland in 2014) and Rescue, Relief and Renewal: 100 Years of the Joint in Poland, published in the fall of 2014. She is also the author of numerous scholarly and critical articles on Holocaust memory and the history of the Jews in post-World War II Poland, published both in Polish and English. Her most recent writings include, The Catholic Church, Radio Maria and the Question of Antisemitsm in Poland which appeared in the volume, Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives in spring, 2013.  She served as a Research Assistant at the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and has lectured frequently in Poland and America. She also has been serving as a guide and educator at the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oświęcim for over 16 years.

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Selected publications

The Survival of Yidishkeyt: The Impact of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee on Jewish Education in Poland, 1945–1989, Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, vol. 30, Antony Polonsky, Eliyana Adler (eds.), (Oxford and Portland Oregon: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2017)

She’erit Hapletah: Surviving Remnant. The Activities of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Poland, 1945-1989 (2014)

The Catholic Church, Radio Maria and the Question of Antisemitsm in Poland which appeared in the volume, Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives (2013)

Courses

Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism (INAF 188, JCIV 188)

Holocaust and Gender (INAF 175, JCIV 175)

Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jew (INAF 165, JCIV 165)