I’ve been a student of the Holocaust since a 7th grade family history project at Mountain Brook Junior High School. Anne Frank’s diary and family interviews brought to life events I’ve spent decades trying to understand. The people at the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center share a similar passion, and they’re hosting Alexandra Zapruder for an event you really don’t want to miss.
Thursday, November 7, from 6-8PM, we’re all invited to UAB’s Hill Student Center to hear Alexandra Zapruder, author of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, speak. Let me tell you why this is sure to be a night to remember. Register for this free event here.
1. She’s spent most of her career helping bring the Holocaust to life
Here are just a few highlights from her incredible career:
- Founding staff member of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- Part of the team that created Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story, for the museum.
- Zapruder’s 2002 book Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust won the 2001-2 National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. Completed a second paperback edition and a multimedia edition of Salvaged Pages in the Fall of 2015. Together with Facing History and Ourselves, published educational materials designed for secondary school teachers.
- Wrote and co-produced I’m Still Here, a documentary for young audiences, which aired on MTV in May 2005 and was nominated for two Emmys.
- Curated And Still I Write: Young Diarists on War and Genocide, currently at the Holocaust Museum of Houston.
- Developing educational materials and programs for The Defiant Requiem Foundation in Washington, DC.
With all that rich and varied experience to draw from, you know she’ll have a lot to say.
2. Her grandfather was famous for shooting “The Zapruder Film” of President Kennedy’s assassination
Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film was Alexandra Zapruder’s second book. While this isn’t the focus of her Birmingham talk, it’s a must-read for all history buffs who want another angle on President Kennedy’s assassination, told by the granddaughter of the man who caught it on film.
3. Alexandra Zapruder’s public talk and teacher workshops are sure to be fan favorites
In 2009, Birmingham audiences loved her
According to the folks at the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, Zapruder came to Birmingham in 2009, and she was well loved by all who heard her.
This time everyone has the chance to hear her at the free talk on Thursday night, and grade 6-12 educators can spend the entire school day with her on Friday.
The November 7 event is entirely free and open to the public, with a book signing afterwards
Yep, you heard that right. Thursday, November 7, 6-8PM at UAB’s Hill Student Center. All are welcome. And, if you’re a fan, there’s a book signing afterwards.
Alexandra Zapruder will also be offering a workshop for 6-12 grade teachers November 8, 8AM-3PM at UAB’s Hill Student Center
Anyone who teaches knows how hard it is to try to present some of the most unspeakable horrors to bright young minds in the name of education. The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center is also hosting a day-long workshop for Alabama grades 6-12 teachers on Friday, November 8, 8AM-3PM (registration at 7:30AM). Here are the details:
The workshop will use text of Salvaged Pages and young people’s diaries to teach the Holocaust. And, participants will receive a copy of the text and the hour-long documentary I’m Still Here.
- Registration required. To attend, register here by Friday, November 1.
- Who: Open to Alabama teachers, grades 6-12.
- Where: UAB’s Hill Student Center
- When: Friday, November 8, 8AM-3PM (registration at 7:30AM).
- FREE ($25 registration fee refunded on attendance).
- Substitute reimbursement paid up to $80 for the day.
- Light breakfast and lunch provided.
- Six (6) hours of CEUs provided on completion. Must be present for entire workshop.
Where to park and event location
FREE PARKING AVAILABLE
12th Street Deck next to University Blvd. Office Building (UBOB)
(Corner of University Blvd. and 13th Street)
**DO NOT PARK ON GROUND LEVEL
Park 2nd floor and up, or you will be towed.
PAID PARKING AVAILABLE
Hill Student Center Lot
Event co-sponsors include the UAB Department of History, UAB Institute for Human Rights, UAB Office of the Vice-President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Birmingham Jewish Federation.
If you want to see Alexandra Zapruder’s Thursday night talk, register here. If you’re an Alabama educator grades 6-12 and you’d like to attend her Friday workshop, register here.