Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture
From: Jay Sage (
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:23:07 -0800 (PST)
   The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles is proud to announce
   that the 2018 Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture will be given at the
   IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Warsaw, Poland,
   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 5:00 PM at the
   conference hotel.

  The Program

   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 Wiślicki, 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.
   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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