May 17, 2000
THIRD ANNUAL WEINMANN LECTURE: SURVIVOR TESTIMONY IN THE FIRST YEARS AFTER THE HOLOCAUST AND TODAY
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies will host the third annual Monna and Otto Weinmann Lecture on Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Henry Greenspan, a clinical psychologist at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor will deliver his lecture, “The Awakening of Memory: Survivor Testimony in the First Years After the Holocaust, And Today.” The program is free, but reservations are requested by calling 200/488-6162.
Dr. Greenspan has been writing and teaching about the Holocaust for more than two decades. Rather than relying on one-time interviews, Dr. Greenspan emphasizes establishing on-going dialogues with the same Holocaust survivors over many years. His work has established new insights into the ways survivors live with Holocaust memories and how they recall their stories.
Dr. Greenspan’s most recent book is On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Recounting Life and History (PUB/DATE TK). He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming, Holocaust Survivors and Their Listeners: Testimonies, Interviews, Encounters (PUB TK). His play Remnants, which also addresses survivors’ recounting, has received numerous awards and has been presented throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Great Britain and Israel.
The Monna and Otto Weinmann Annual Lecture focuses on Holocaust survivors and their families who came to the United States. Monna Steinbach Weinmann (1906-1991) fled to England from Vienna in the autumn of 1938. Otto Weinmann (1903-1993) was born in Vienna and raised in Czechoslovakia. He served in the Czech, French and British armies, was injured in the D-Day invasion at Normandy, and received the Croix de Guerre for his contributions during the war. Monna and Otto Weinmann married in London in 1941 and emigrated to the United States in 1948. Funding for this program is made possible by a generous grant from their daughter Janice Weinman Shorenstein.
The Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies promotes the development of the field of Holocaust studies through research, fellowship programs, publications, and conferences. The Center is also linked with colleges, universities and other post-secondary institutions of higher education through activities that foster quality teaching about the Holocaust at American colleges and universities.
A unique public-private partnership, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has welcomed more than 13.5 million visitors since it opened in April 1993. This May, it will mark two decades of its founders’ visionary leadership with the opening of its newest exhibition, Flight and Rescue, the national Days of Remembrance ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, and an evening honoring the work of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust and its successor, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.