JGSLA Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture at the IAJGS Warsaw Conference--August 6 6:00PM
From: Jan Meisels Allen (janmallenatt.net)
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:50:01 -0700 (PDT)

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"





                                                Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett 



Topic: How did a forty-year conversation with her father about growing up in Opatów 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


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