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Sunday August 27, 2023
Save the date for our next meeting!
Please join us virtually on Sunday August 27 at 1:30PM for Glenn Kurtz's presentation, "Three Minutes in Poland."

NOTE: You may want to watch "Three Minutes: A Lengthening" before; instructions were sent to our mailing list.

"Three Minutes in Poland" tells the extraordinary story of a 1938 home movie, once merely a travel souvenir, now celebrated worldwide as a memorial to the lost Jewish culture of Poland. Shot one year before the outbreak of World War II by David Kurtz, the author’s grandfather, the three minutes of footage show ordinary life in a small, predominantly Jewish town. Of the three thousand Jews who lived there, fewer than one hundred would survive the Holocaust. David Kurtz’s film is the only moving imagery of this community prior to its destruction.

"Three Minutes in Poland" traces Glenn Kurtz’s decade-long journey to identify the people in his grandfather’s haunting images. Painstakingly assembled from interviews, photographs, documents, and artifacts, "Three Minutes in Poland" transforms this fragmentary record of a town on the brink of catastrophe into a memorial to the individuals—and the vibrant culture—annihilated in the Holocaust. Now the basis of an award-winning documentary, "Three Minutes: A Lengthening," these few minutes of film have connected survivors, descendants, local residents in Poland, and viewers worldwide in a living community of remembrance, becoming a testament to memory, loss, and improbable survival.
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News Tidbits

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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