Holocaust Living History Workshop, Spring 2013: "The Long Shadow of the Past"

Camp Evacuation Routes, January 17-19, 1945

During the spring quarter, the Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW), a collaboration between the UC San Diego Library and the University’s Judaic Studies Program, will continue its year-long “The Long Shadow of the Past” series, featuring all-new speakers. The series is part of the HLHW’s efforts to broaden understanding of the past and foster tolerance. Members of the campus and San Diego communities are invited to attend these special sessions hear local Holocaust survivors, witnesses, and scholars share their stories. Attendees will also learn about the Visual History Archive, licensed by the UC San Diego Library, the world’s largest database of Holocaust testimony. All talks, which will be held on April 3, April 24, May 8, and June 5, are free and will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Seuss Room in Geisel Library; no reservations are required and refreshments are provided.

On April 3, Joel Dimsdale, M.D. will kick off the quarter with a talk about the psychology of the mass murderers who stood trial at Nuremberg. Anatomy of Malice: Rorschach Results from Nuremberg War Criminals is based on an analysis of Rorschach inkblots administered to top Nazi functionaries in prison. Dr. Dimsdale, a UC San Diego professor emeritus in psychiatry and the editor of “Survivors, Victims and Perpetrators: Essays on the Nazi Holocaust,” will be introduced by Seth Lerer, a professor of literature and the Dean of Arts & Humanities at UC San Diego.

On April 24, Mark James will relay the harrowing story of his brother and namesake Marek, one of twenty Jewish children taken from the concentration camp Neuengamme and hanged in the basement of a school in Hamburg, barely three weeks before the war’s end. In The Murders at Bullenhuser Damm, James relates the fate of his brother and fellow victims, followed by an account of his trip to the location of the atrocity.

Marek, and millions like him, did not survive the Nazis’ genocidal assault on the Jews and others deemed unworthy of life. Many victims did survive, however, and a significant number of survivors ended up in San Diego. To honor their invaluable work on behalf of Holocaust education, on May 8, HLHW will host two of San Diego’s Holocaust survivors, Lou Dunst and Frances Gelbart. Originally from Czechoslovakia and Poland, respectively, Dunst and Gelbart passed through several concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Mauthausen. Living the Past: in Honor of San Diego's Holocaust Survivors is dedicated to the survivors and their stories. This workshop event is sponsored by Phyllis and Dan Epstein.

The final workshop of the year on June 5—Surviving Auschwitz— will focus on the experience and memory of Livia Krancberg. Born in the Romanian town of Petrova in 1919, Krancberg was deported to Auschwitz and later to the women’s concentration camp, Ravensbrück. A regular speaker at local San Diego schools, this workshop will mark her first visit to the UC San Diego campus. The event will be sponsored by William and Michelle Lerach.

The Holocaust Living History Workshop, launched in 2007 by the UC San Diego Library and the Judaic Studies Program, connects UC San Diego students, San Diego Holocaust survivors and interested individuals, to increase the visibility and use of the Visual History Archive, a database of approximately 52,000 survivor and witness testimonies. The UC San Diego Library is one of only three university libraries on the West Coast to have access to the archive. The archive, which is administered by the Shoah Foundation Institute at the University of Southern California includes testimonies recorded in 56 countries and 32 languages. Students and members of the public can access the videos from any computer on the UC San Diego campus.

For more information about UC San Diego's Holocaust Living History Workshop, contact program coordinator Susanne Hillman at hlhw@ucsd.edu or go to: http://libraries.ucsd.edu/hlhw. Training in the use of the Visual History Archive is available for individuals and groups upon appointment.

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