Please join us on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at 1:30 p.m., at the Pikesville
Library’s meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, to hear Glenn
Kurtz present “Three Minutes in Poland.”
Traveling in Europe in August 1938, one year before the outbreak of
World War II, Glenn Kurtz’s grandfather, David Kurtz, captured three
minutes of ordinary life in a small, predominantly Jewish town in
Poland on 16-mm Kodachrome color film. More than seventy years
later, through the brutal twists of history, these few minutes of home
movie footage would become a memorial to an entire community—an
entire culture—annihilated in the Holocaust. Three Minutes in
Poland traces Glenn’s four-year journey to identify the people in his
grandfather’s haunting images. His search took him across the United
States, to Canada, England, Poland and Israel, to archives, film
preservation laboratories, and an abandoned Luftwaffe airfield.
Painstakingly assembled from interviews, photographs, documents, and
artifacts, Three Minutes in Poland tells the rich, funny, harrowing, and
surprisingly intertwined stories of seven survivors and their Polish
hometown. Originally a travel souvenir, David Kurtz’s home movie
became the sole remaining record of a vibrant town on the brink of
catastrophe. Pursuing the significance of this brief film became a
riveting exploration of memory, loss, and improbable survival.
Glenn Kurtz is the author of Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost
World in a 1938 Family Film, which was selected as a "Best Book of 2014" by
The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and National Public Radio. He is a
graduate of the New England Conservatory-Tufts University double degree
program and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University. His writing has been
published in The New York Times, Salon, and elsewhere. He has taught at
Stanford University, California College of the Arts, and New York University.
The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied to
membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first meeting. Refreshments
will be available. Please check our web site at www.jgsmd.org for late updates and
for the time, location, and program of future meetings.
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JGS Maryland has been reconstituted!
JGSMD had its initial meeting on Sunday August 18, 2013 to see if there was interest in the group's reconstituting. The turnout was overwhelming, with 31 people attending with only a few days' notice. Look forward to new programming over the next year!
Some of the attendees: