Jan Meisels Allen
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles (JGSLA) is reminding the
Gesher Galicia subscriber conference attendees about the first JGSLA
Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture to be given at the 36th IAJGS
International Conference on Jewish Genealogy on Monday 8 August at
8:30 PM (www.IAJGS2016.org). The speaker is the distinguished Samuel
Kassow Ph.D. The title of the lecture is:
History and Catastrophe:
The Secret Warsaw Ghetto Archive of Emanuel Ringelblum
During World War II Jews resisted not only with guns but also with pen
and paper. Even in the face of death they left "time capsules" full of
documents that they buried under the rubble of ghettos and death camps.
The Ringelblum Archive in the Warsaw Ghetto buried thousands of
documents. But of the 60 people who worked on this national mission,
only three survived. This will be their story.
Professor Kassow is the Charles Northam Professor of History at Trinity
College and the Jacob Kronhill Visiting Scholar in Eastern European
Jewish History at YIVO. He received his Ph.D. >from Princeton University
and is the author of several books, including Who Will Write Our History?,
which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and which has
been translated into 7 languages. Roberta Grossman and Nancy Spielberg
are currently making a documentary film based on this book.
Professor Kassow was involved with the development of the POLIN
Museum of Jewish History in Warsaw, Poland and continues to be involved
with the Museum. A child of Holocaust survivors, Professor Kassow was
born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany.
This is the first in a planned series of lectures to honor the memory of
Pamela Weisberger, who passed away 25 September 2015 following a brief
illness. Pamela had a major impact on the lives of many in the global
Jewish genealogical community. She dedicated herself to numerous
genealogical pursuits including the important work of promoting and
producing exceptional programs for JGSLA, and to the service of its
members by assuming a leadership role in the society >from 2003-2015.
While acting as JGSLA's Vice-President, Programming for over a decade,
she was also the president of Gesher Galicia for eight years. Pamela's
energy was boundless and she gave fully to both organizations. A
dynamic speaker with contagious enthusiasm, she also lectured
extensively at genealogical conferences and to societies in different parts
of the world. She was a superstar in the world of genealogy; her passion
for genealogy was an inspiration to many of us.
Pamela's creativity and flair for programming for JGSLA is commemorated
with the JGSLA Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture (PWML).
The PWML hopes to be able to sponsor a series of distinguished lectures
of Jewish genealogical interest at future genealogical conferences. For
more information, see www.jgsla.org.
We hope to see you at the JGSLA-PWML on 8 August.
Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson,
JGSLA Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture Committee