Special Event for Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, by the IHGMS
Join us on Thursday, April 8, 2021, 4:00PM (EDT) for a conversation between Terry Kurgan and Marianne Hirsch on Kurgan’s book Everyone is Present (Fourthwall Books, Johannesburg, 2019), in which she uses diaries and photographs to tell her family’s Holocaust story. Terry Kurgan begins Everyone is Present with a family snapshot made by her Polish grandfather in 1939 on the eve of the war. Presenting this evocative image as a repository of multiple histories—public, private, domestic, familial, and generational—she sets off on a series of meditations on photography. What do photographs conceal, how do they mislead, what provocations do they contain? Her insights tell the story of her family across Europe as they flee, country by country, Nazi occupation until they reach Cape Town, South Africa.
Terry Kurgan is an artist and writer based in Johannesburg. She is the author of Everyone is Present (Fourthwall Books, Johannesburg 2019), which won the 2019 Alan Paton Prize (South Africa), was selected as finalist for the 2019 National Jewish Book Awards (New York), and shortlisted for the 2019 Photo Arles Book Prize (France).
Marianne Hirsch is William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and the author of The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture after the Holocaust (Columbia University Press, New York 2012).
Registration is required for this event. Register for this event here: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2aneukxrQ_q74fIEm3kZUA
This event is hosted by the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (IHGMS).