Geneviève Zubrzycki, professor of sociology and director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, has been called upon to use her expertise on Polish-Jewish identity to comment on the Polish bill signed into law this month that outlaws accusations of Poland's cooperation in the Holocaust. Not only has Zubrzycki addressed the new law and how it impacts Polish relations with Israel and the United States, she has also given historical context to the issue and how it speaks to broader questions of Polish identity. Links to articles and interviews are below.
- Global Michigan: U-M expert discusses Poland’s Holocaust speech law
- CBC News: Polish president signs Holocaust speech bill into law
- The Conversation: New ‘Holocaust law’ highlights crisis in Polish identity
- WNYC On the Media: In Poland, a Troubling New Law
- ABC Radio (Australia): Poland, World War II and Holocaust denial
Geneviève Zubrzycki is a comparative-historical and cultural sociologist who studies national identity and religion, collective memory and national mythology, and the contested place of religious symbols in the public sphere. Her work combines historical and ethnographic methods, and considers evidence from material and visual culture. Professor Zubrzycki is the director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, which includes the Center for European Studies; Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and Copernicus Program in Polish Studies. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.