Remnants: A Performance by Henry Greenspan - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!
Henry Greenspan performs Remnants
Date and TimeThursday, November 8, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Mary Idema Pew Library » Multipurpose Room
Remnants reflects what is now more than forty years of Henry Greenspan's conversations with Holocaust survivors. Rather than gathering one-time “testimonies,” the author's approach has been to meet with the same survivors multiple times—over weeks, months, years, and—with a few survivors—even decades. The piece recreates special moments from those deepening conversations: moments of unusual candor when survivors struck on an image or memory that seemed to nail something essential about living through and after such destruction.
Originally produced for radio on NPR, it has since became a staged performance which the author has presented at more than 300 venues worldwide. The play has received more than a dozen national and regional awards.
“There are no elaborate sets, no orchestral movements to stir the soul. But to those who watch it, Remnants is as memorable and moving as other major Holocaust works….The work is renowned.” The Detroit Jewish News
“Each monologue encompasses the Holocaust's unspeakable, inexplicable horror within what amounts, in most instances, to a simple anecdote….Anything more would be redundant.” The Philadelphia Inquirer
Henry Greenspan is a psychologist, oral historian, and playwright at the University of Michigan who has been interviewing, teaching, and writing about Holocaust survivors since the 1970s. He is the author of On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimony, now in its second and expanded edition, and Reflections: Auschwitz, Memory, and a Life Recreated, co-authored with Agi Rubin, a survivor with whom Greenspan had collaborated since 1980. In 2011, Greenspan co-led the annual Hess Seminar for Professors of Holocaust Courses at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. In 2012, he was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University in Montreal, working with a project that gathered the accounts of survivors of genocide and political violence.
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