Jan Meisels Allen
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles is proud to announce that the
2018 Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture, to be given at the IAJGS
International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Warsaw, Poland, will be by
Barbara Kirshenblatt -Gimblett. The lecture title is: Meet the Family: A
Journey of a Thousand Years at POLIN Museum. It is tentatively scheduled for
Monday, August 6, 2018 at 5:00PM at the conference hotel.
How did a forty-year conversation with her father about growing up in
Opatów before the Holocaust lead her to POLIN Museum and its core
exhibition, a journey of a thousand years? The history of Polish Jews is a
story of families and their descendants. Visitors find themselves in the
story ? when they discover an ancestor in a photograph, find a hometown on
an old map, understand the role of a critical event in their family?s story.
Descendants are also playing an important role in preserving and
transmitting the legacy of their ancestors, many of whom appear in POLIN
Museum?s core exhibition: Piotr Wislicki, whose grandfather was an MP in the
Polish Sejm during the interwar years; Sylvain Cappell, whose great
grandfather Rabbi Dov Berush Meisels supported struggles for Polish
independence during the 19th century; Elizabeth Rynecki, who has been
searching for every painting by her great grandfather Moshe Rynecki, who
perished in the Holocaust; Gary Breitbart, who is dedicated to the legacy of
his great grand uncle, the Jewish strongman Zishe Breitbart; Frank Proschan,
who descends >from the great Harkavy philologists and lexicographers, among
them Alexander Harkavy, advocate for Jewish immigrants; and David Mazower,
who is devoted to the literary legacy of his controversial grandfather
Sholem Asch, author of God of Vengeance. This talk will offer a
behind-the-scenes tour of POLIN Museum?s core exhibition >from a family
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is Chief Curator of the core exhibition at
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. She is University Professor
Emerita and Professor of Performance Studies Emerita at New York University.
Her books include Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage; Image
before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864?1939
(with Lucjan Dobroszycki); and The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times
(edited with Jonathan Karp). Her edited volume Writing a Modern Jewish
History: Essays in Honor of Salo W. Baron won a National Jewish Book Award.
They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland
Before the Holocaust, which she coauthored with her father, Mayer
Kirshenblatt, also won several awards. Kirshenblatt-Gimblett was born in
Canada during the Second World War to Jewish immigrants >from Poland.
The Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture is a planned series of lectures to
honor the memory of Pamela Weisberger who passed away September 25, 2015.
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles (JGSLA) is sponsoring a
series of lectures in memory of Pamela Weisberger who was our Vice-President
of Programs for more than a decade.
Please join us at the IAJGS 2018 International Conference on Jewish
Genealogy. For more information on the conference see: www.IAJGS2018.org
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, JGSLA Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture Committee