Please note that this program will be held at the University of Massachusetts Integrative Learning Center. The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies is a co-sponsor of this program.
Alexandra Zapruder will read from and discuss her work about young writers’ Holocaust diaries. The surviving manuscripts reflect a vast and diverse range of experiences—some of the writers were refugees, others were hiding or passing as non-Jews, many were imprisoned in ghettos. Her award-winning book on the subject, Salvaged Pages, was the first comprehensive collection of such writings, with extensive excerpts from fifteen diaries, ten of which had never before been translated and published in English. The diarists ranged in age from twelve to twenty-two; some survived the Holocaust, but most perished. Taken together, their accounts of daily events and their often unexpected thoughts, ideas, and feelings serve to deepen and complicate our understanding of life during the Holocaust.
Zapruder is the author of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, which won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category and has been published in a second paperback edition and a multimedia e-book. She has taught her work to thousands of teachers and students around the country and abroad and has developed extensive educational materials to support the use of young writers’ diaries in the classroom. Her most recent work, Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film, was published in November 2016.