Past Programs & Events

Jul 21, 2017

Holocaust Educators Network

Information is forthcoming. 


Apr 25, 2017

Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust

A Presentation by Alexandra Zapruder

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. 

 


Apr 25, 2017

REMNANTS, by Henry Greenspan

Twenty-fifth Anniversary Performance Series, 2017-18

REMNANTS is a minimalist piece that includes the voices of 3 men and 4 women, currently presented as a one-man performance by the author.  The play reflects what is now more than forty years of conversation between the playwright and a small group of Holocaust survivors. REMNANTS is thus not “testimony” but rather recreates memory and reflection as they erupt, often in surprising ways, over years of deepening dialogue.  Recreating conversational moments of unusual clarity and candor, REMNANTS challenges some of our usual assumptions both about survivors and about what they have to tell us.  Professor Alvin Rosenfeld of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council describes the play as “Holocaust theatre at its best.”

REMNANTS was originally produced for National Public Radio and broadcast across the U.S.  Since 1997, the author has performed it as a one-person stage play, now at over 300 venues in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Israel.

Henry Greenspan is a psychologist, oral historian, and playwright at the University of Michigan who has been interviewing, teaching, and writing about Holocaust survivors since the 1970s.   His books include On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimony and, with Agi Rubin, Reflections: Auschwitz, Memory, and a Life Recreated


Apr 24, 2017

Race and Photography: Racial Photography as Scientific Evidence, 1876-1980

Amos Morris-Reich

In this talk Amos Morris-Reich will discuss racial photography as a form of scientific evidence, reconstructing individual cases, conceptual genealogies, and usage of photography and photographic techniques for the study of "race" from the nineteenth century to the Nazi period. From an historical-epistemological perspective, Morris-Reich demonstrates that photography was used in several ways, such as for the generation of statistical data, medical observation of Mendelian characteristics, or as a form of psychological "thought experiments." Drawing examples primarily from German and Jewish contexts, he will pay close attention to the roles of visual argumentation, perception, imagination, and ideology within these scientific studies.  

Morris-Reich is a Professor in the Departmenf for Jewishi History and Thought, and the Director of Bucerius Institute for the Study of Contemporary German History and Society, both at the University of Haifa. He is the author of The Quest for Jewish Assimilation in Modern Social Science (2008) and Race and Photography: Racial Photography as Scientific Evidence, 1876-1980 (2016). He is co-editor (with Dirk Rupnow) of Notions of 'Race' in the History of the Humanities (in press, 2017) and editor of the first collections of essays by Georg Simmel (2012) and Sander Gilman (2015) in Hebrew. 


Apr 19, 2017

STUDENT DOCENT-TRAINING WORKSHOP

for University and High School Students

The Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies is pleased to announce a student-docent training workshop for students interested in learning about the Institute’s permanent Holocaust teaching exhibition, “A Reason to Remember: Roth, Germany, 1933-1942." This workshop will introduce students to the exhibition and engage them in discussing it. 

Students who attend the workshop will learn how to serve as student tour facilitators and guide their peers through the exhibition.

Participants in this session will receive a certificate of completion and an invitation to bring their classes and teachers back to the Institute for a tour.

Students who earn the certificate are encouraged to contact their school administrators about receiving credit toward community service.  Students may also wish to list their participation in this workshop on their curriculum vitae or a college application.  This workshop is free of charge, and light refreshments will be served.  If you would like to participate, please email lcurtis@complit.umass.edu or call (413) 835-0221 no later than April 12th.

 


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