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Remnants: A Performance by Henry Greenspan - LIB 100/201 APPROVED!

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Thursday, 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

Remnants says more about the Holocaust in fewer words than just about anything I know. Its lean, minimalist format is powerfully affecting. This is Holocaust theatre at its best.” Alvin Rosenfeld, Emeritus Chair, Academic Committee, U. S Holocaust Memorial Museum


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Dept. of English

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Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI 49401

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