All Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) Events will be held in the UC San Diego Library’s Seuss Room from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and are free and open to the public. For more information about the HLHW, which is sponsored by the UC San Diego Library and the Judaic Studies Program, please contact Susanne Hillman, Program Coordinator, at HLHW@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7661.
Jan. 21: After Auschwitz: Choosing Life – with Edith Eger
Most accounts of the Holocaust end with liberation and neglect the survivors’ postwar experience. How does one deal with the wreckage of one’s life in the aftermath of catastrophe? As a young girl Edith Eger of Kosice, Hungary, was deported to Auschwitz where both of her parents were murdered. At war’s end, she moved to the United States and became a clinical psychologist with her own practice in La Jolla. While she could have chosen to remain a permanent victim, she realized early on that true freedom can only be found by forgiving, letting go, and moving on. A prolific motivational speaker, Dr. Eger has appeared on Oprah and on Dutch national television.
Feb. 25: Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp – with Christopher Browning
Compared to the extermination camps, forced labor camps have received relatively little scholarly attention. Christopher Browning’s study of the Polish slave labor camp at Starachowice thus fills an important gap. Based on an analysis of extensive video testimony, Remembering Survival is a historical and historiographical tour de force. By illuminating a forgotten experience, Browning makes a powerful case for the value of video testimony. Browning teaches at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His publications include Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland; Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers; and The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy.
Originally from Belgium, Herman Grishaver survived the war thanks to his family’s escape to the United States. Since retiring from his neurology practice, he has researched the fates of numerous family members during and after the Holocaust. His journey through archives on several continents has yielded surprising insights that take the audience from Antwerp to Linz and from Perpignan to Jerusalem. The result is a tapestry of stories woven from memories, images, and scraps of paper.
The talks are part of the HLHW’s ongoing efforts to broaden understanding of the past and to foster tolerance. At the events, attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the experiences of local Holocaust survivors, witnesses, and others, and to learn about the Visual History Archive, the world’s largest database of Holocaust testimony. The UC San Diego Library is one of only three university libraries on the West Coast to have access to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive, founded by film maker Steven Spielberg to document the stories of Holocaust survivors for his movie, “Schindler’s List.”