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Sunday March 25, 2018
Save the date for our next meeting!
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.

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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!
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