Join us for a discussion by author Glenn Kurtz on his latest book, "Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film.
On Sunday, May 10 at 4:00pm, author Glenn Kurtz will discuss his remarkable book, "Three Minutes in Poland: discovering a lost world in a 1938 family film," in room 307 of the UAA/APU Consortium Library. This event is sponsored by Congregation Beth Sholom, the @[272206678201:274:UAA/APU Consortium Library] , the UAA Campus Bookstore, and AMIPA.
Mr. Kurtz's book has received considerable acclaim since it was published last November, from reviewers such as The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The LA Times, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post.
"Three Minutes in Poland" is a sort of memoir–a memoir of historical research. The catalyst was a reel of 16mm motion picture film that Kurtz discovered in his parents' home in Florida, in 2009. The film was shot by his grandfather on a trip to Europe that he and some friends took in the summer of 1938. Naturally, much of the film was shot while visiting the great capitals and landmarks of Europe–however, some of it–about three minutes worth–was shot in Nasielsk, a small town in Poland with a significant Jewish population, and Kurtz's grandfather's home town. In the summer of 1938–which is to say, a few months before Kristallnacht, and about a year before WWII began.
Kurtz realized that these few minutes of film were a unique window into a time and place that was on the verge of being changed forever–of the approximately 3,000 Jews who lived in Nasielsk before the war, fewer than 100 would survive–and set out to learn everything he could about the people and the place his grandfather had recorded. This research would eventually take Kurtz into archives and interviews across three continents–research that would ultimately connect him with eight survivors from Nasielsk.
Please join us in room 307 of the UAA/APU Consortium Library on Sunday, May 10, where Glenn Kurtz will present a digital transfer of his grandfather's footage of pre-war life in Nasielsk, Poland, and discuss his book and the research experiences that went into writing it.