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- Speaker: Logan Kleinwaks
- Lecture Date: 05-05-2018
Shandler is the author of While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 1999); Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture (University of California Press, 2005), a study of contemporary Yiddish culture; Jews, God, and Videotape: Religion and Media in America (New York University Press, 2009), which analyzes the impact of new communications technologies and media practices on American Jews’ religious life, from early recordings of cantorial music to hasidic outreach on the Internet; and Shtetl: A Vernacular Intellectual History (Rutgers University Press, 2014), an examination of how Jewish life in East European provincial towns has become the subject of extensive creativity, memory, and scholarship, from the early modern era to the present. His most recent book, *Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age: Survivors’ Stories and New Media Practices (Stanford University Press, 2017), explores the largest online archive of videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors. Among other books, Shandler is the editor of Awakening Lives: Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland before the Holocaust (Yale University Press, 2002) and co-editor of Entertaining America: Jews, Movies, and Broadcasting (Princeton University Press, 2003) and Anne Frank Unbound: Media, Imagination, Memory (Indiana University Press, 2012). His work has been translated into French, German, Japanese, and Polish.
* Shandler’s translations of Yiddish literature include Mani-Leyb’s children’s classic Yingl Tsingl Khvat (Moyer Bell, 1986) and Emil and Karl, a Holocaust novel for young readers by Yankev Glatshteyn (Roaring Brook, 2006). He has curated exhibitions for The Jewish Museum of New York, the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Shandler has served as president of the Association for Jewish Studies and is a fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research.
Hadassah Lipsius is a long time board member of the JRI-Poland board as well as Archive Coordinator for the Warsaw and Tomaszow Mazowiecki Archives. She is the database manager for Jewishgen's Warsaw Research Group and has helped index Warszawa newspaper life cycle announcements. She serves on the executive council of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc (New York). Hadassah has traveled many times to Poland to pursue her family research.
When several communities in Eastern Europe have similar names and their names have been changed over the years, it may be difficult to unambiguously identify one's family’s shtetl of origin. Considering the investment in time and energy in researching one's family shtetl, it is imperative that one get it right. Yet we do not often apply rigor in identifying our family’s communities of origin. The genealogical proof standard requires rigor in our research methodology. With its application and a well-designed research plan, we assure that our findings are robust and our conclusions not easily challenged. Applied methodology with suggested genealogical sources and techniques will be explored. Resources will include landsmanshaft burial data, online archival material, and the Shoah Names database. The goal is to provide tools and methods for confirming the location of one’s family shtetl in Eastern Europe.
Emily Garber, an archaeologist by training, recently retired after a 30+ year career in natural resources management. She has been researching her family heritage since 2007 and in 2013 traveled to Ukraine to visit archives and family villages. She holds a certificate from Boston University's Genealogical Research program.
A life-long New Yorker with family roots in Harlem dating back more than a century, Jeffrey S. Gurock is the author or editor of eighteen books, including the recent The Jews of Harlem: The Rise, Decline, and Revival of a Jewish Community, and over 100 scholarly articles. In 2013 his Jews of Gotham won the National Jewish Book Award from the Jewish Book Council. He also received national recognition for his work, A Modern Heretic and a Traditional Community; Mordecai M. Kaplan, Orthodoxy and American Judaism, which won the Saul Viener Prize from the American Jewish Historical Society. A leader among American Jewish historians, he served for 20 years as an editor of American Jewish History. Twice the chair of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, he is also a Fellow of the New York Academy of History.