April 25, 2000 Geneva, NY -Henry Greenspan will perform his off-Broadway play “Remnants” as the final event in a series of events organized by Hobart and Willliam Smith Colleges in conjunction with national Holocaust Remembrance Week, May 1 – 8. “Remnants”will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 8, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith library on the HWS campus.
The play, in which the author reflects 20 years of his own conversations with Holocaust survivors, has been presented off-Broadway at the John Houseman Theater in New York City, at the Attic Theater Center in Los Angeles, and at many universities throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britian, and Israel. Greenspan, a clinical psychologist and playwright at the University of Michigan, is also the author of On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Recounting and Life History (1998), and the co-editor of Holocaust Survivors and Their Listeners: Testimonies, Interviews, Encounters.
The performance is free and open to the public as are the following other events scheduled for Holocaust Remembrance Week.
• Holocaust survivor Henry Silberstern, of Rochester, will talk at 7:30 p.m on Thursday, May 4, in the Geneva Room. Sent to Auschwitz, Silberstein was one of 89 boys, aged 11 to 14, who escaped being gassed by Dr. Mengele, know as the “Angel of Death.” He was liberated in Bergen Belsen where he was reunited with his mother for a brief time, but she died of typhus soon thereafter. Silberstein eventually was sent to Canada with 1,000 war orphans, and later made his way to Buffalo where he and his wife, Beneta, raised their two children.
• World renowned Holocaust Artist Samuel Bak will open an art exhibit in the Warren Hunting Smith Library at 4 p.m. of Monday, May 8. The exhibit “Form and Transformation by Samuel Bak” consists of 15 drawing and watercolor works that will be on display from May 8 until May 18 in the library atrium. Bak enjoys a worldwide reputation and is recognized as one of the greatest artistic interpreters of the Jewish Holocaust. He currently has a show on display at the Pucker Gallery in Boston, Mass.
• Never Again, A Multifaith Holocaust Remembrance Service for Yom Ha-Shoah will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1, at the Temple Beth El, 755 S. Main Street, Geneva.
• Reading of the Names will occur from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, in Scandling Center. Members of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges community will participate in a continuous reading of names of victims of the Holocaust.
• Poetry reading “Every Day Genocide: Poets Speak Out” will be held at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, in the Cellar Pub.
• The movie The Last Days, winner of an Academy Award for Best Documentary, will be shown at 8 p.m on Wednesday, May 3, in the Sanford Room of the library. Following the movie, there will be a discussion led by HWS Professors Michael Dobkowski, James Spates, and Richard Salter.
• Shabbat Service and dinner, followed by discussion, will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the Jewish Culture House, 412 Pulteney Street. Following an informal Shabbat Service, William Smith first-year students Liz Corman and Sara Goldstein will lead a “make your own falafel” supper, followed by a discussion of “How the Holocaust has Affected Us,” moderated by HWS Professor Jack Harris.
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