Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett -- Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecturer at IAJGS 2018 International Conference on Jewish Genealogy #galicia


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.

The Program:
How did a forty-year conversation with her father about growing up in
Opatow 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 history perspective.

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
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.

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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.

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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

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