Jan Meisels Allen
To those attending the IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Conference:
Please attend the JGS Los Angeles (JGSLA)- sponsored lecture in memory of
Pamela Weisberger z'l who was the vice president, programming, JGSLA for
almost a decade, on Monday August 6 at 6:00-7:30pm. There are no other
conference-sponsored activities at the same time so please plan to attend!
The lecture will be given by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett. The title is"
Meet the Family: A Journey of a Thousand Years at POLIN Museum: The
JGSLA-Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture"
Topic: How did a forty-year conversation with her father about growing up in
Opatow before the Holocaust prepare Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett to serve
as Chief Curator of the core exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of
Polish Jews? This thousand-year history is a story of families and
descendants may well find their ancestors in the exhibition: Piotr
Wislicki's grandfather was an MP in the Polish Sejm during the interwar
years; Sylvain Cappell's great grandfather Rabbi Dov Berush Meisels
supported struggles for Polish independence during the 19th century;
Elizabeth Rynecki is documenting the paintings of her great grandfather
Moshe Rynecki; Gary Breitbart is dedicated to the legacy of his great
granduncle, the Jewish strongman Zishe Breitbart; and David Mazower
treasures the literary legacy of his controversial grandfather Sholem Asch.
This talk will offer a behind-the-scenes tour of POLIN Museum's core
exhibition >from a family history perspective.
Speaker: 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 They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories
of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust, which she coauthored
with her father, Mayer Kirshenblatt. She was born in Canada during the
Second World War to Jewish immigrants >from Poland.
We look forward to seeing you at this special program!
Jan Meisels Allen
Past Chairperson, Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture Committee On Behalf of
the JGSLA Board of Directors