On September 13 at 7pm in Memorial Hall, Chapman University will welcome Glenn Kurtz, author of Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film and Practicing: A Musician’s Return to Music for its Fall 2018 Lecture Series. This event is free and oven to the public.

Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film follows the story of Kurtz’s grandfather, David Kurtz, who recorded three minutes on 16 mm Kodachrome color film of an ordinary day in a small, predominantly Jewish town in Poland. What was originally a home movie became the only remaining record of a lively town shortly before World War II.

During the lecture, Kurtz will touch on his years of research that took him across the world to Canada, England, Poland, and Israel, where he was able to find seven living survivors of the town to help him understand and analyze the video footage. One of those survivors included a now 86-year-old man who was a 13-year-old boy in the film. After years of conducting interviews and collecting photographs, documents, and artifacts, Kurtz is now able to tell the story of seven survivors and their Polish hometown.

Kurtz graduated from Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music and holds a doctorate in German studies and comparative literature from Stanford University in addition to being a 2016 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow.

Books will be available for purchase and a signing will follow the lecture.

Parking for events is available after 4pm in the Barrera Parking Structure located on Sycamore Street and the Lastinger Parking Structure on Walnut Avenue. Permits ($2 for 2 hours, $3 for 4 hours) are available for purchase at each structure.

This event is hosted by the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education and is co-sponsored by the Department of History, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Please contact rodgerscenter@chapman.edu for accommodations and questions.