JGSLA Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture, Monday, August 8


Last fall when Pamela Weisberger passed away suddenly after a short but devastating illness, organizations impacted by Pamela’s leadership, energy, creativity, knowledge and influence, determined to create lasting memorials.

This year’s IAJGS conference, the first since her passing, will be a poignant reminder of her legacy. JGSLA, and all those who have donated to their Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture fund, will honor her memory with the

JGSLA Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture:

“History and Catastrophe: The Secret Warsaw Ghetto Archive of Emanuel Ringelblum”

Dr. Samuel Kassow, Charles Northam Professor of History at Trinity College, has been invited to deliver this first annual lecture.

Kassow received his Ph.D from Princeton University and is the author of several books, including Who Will Write Our History, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and which has been translated into 7 languages. Roberta Grossman and Nancy Spielberg are currently making a documentary film based on this book. A child of Holocaust survivors, Professor Kassow as born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany.

“The Secret Warsaw Ghetto Archive of Emanuel Ringelblum”

During World War II Jews resisted not only with guns but also with pen and paper. Even in the face of death they left “time capsules” full of documents that they buried under the rubble of ghettos and death camps. The Ringelblum archive in the Warsaw Ghetto buried thousands of documents. But of the 60 people who worked on this national mission, only three survived. This will be their story.

This special presentation will be delivered Monday evening, August 8, from 8:30-10:00 P.M. in Grand Ballroom C. All conference registrants are invited to attend.