The Difficulties of Writing Family History
A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.
This season’s topic intends to discuss the challenges which arise when writing a European-Jewish family history set in the historically and politically charged period of the late 19th to the mid-20th century. What scholarly problems does a writer encounter, what emotional difficulties does an author face – especially in terms of allowing the public access to one’s own personal history, and how can these challenges be dealt with?
Please refer for more information on the lecture series to the leaflet here.
First lecture in the series:
Prof Lisa Appignanesi (King’s College, London)
Losing the Dead – Before and After
6.30pm, 7th December 2017
Lisa Appignanesi teases out some of the hurdles she encountered researching her critically acclaimed family memoir, Losing the Dead. These extended post publication: memoir writing elicits the kinds of responses historical texts rarely do.
Please note: A short 15 minute film called: Ex Memoria, directed by Josh Appignanesi and starring Sarah Kestleman, will also be shown.
Lisa Appignanesi OBE is a writer and novelist. She is a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London, Chair of the Royal Society of Literature and Chair of this year’s Man Booker International Prize. Amongst her books are Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors and The Memory Man.
Ex Memoria (2006)
A film about memory, loss and survival; Eva Lipschitz is a survivor, but she is now locked away in the twilight world of Alzheimer’s disease. The film shows the world from Eva’s point of view, at her eye level, and how a chance encounter with a caring young nurse breaks through the barriers. Ex Memoria is directed by Josh Appignanesi and starring Sarah Kestleman.
Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and begin at 6.30pm.
Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email email@example.com or phone 020 7882 5690).
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The LBI is pleased to announce our upcoming lecture series for 2017/18, in collaboration with the German Historical Institute. This season’s topic is ‘The Dangers of Writing Family History’, in which we shall discuss the challenges which arise when writing a German Jewish family history set in the historically and politically charged period of the late 19th to mid 20th century.
This season’s speakers will be:
Thursday, 7th December 2017
Dr Lisa Appignanesi – Losing the Dead – Before and After
Thursday, 1st March 2018
Thomas Harding – ‘You’re doing what?’ – My family’s response to my trying to save the house stolen by the Nazis
Thursday, 8th March 2018
Prof. Atina Grossman – Trauma, Privilege, and Adventure in the “Orient”: A Refugee Family Archive
Thursday, 12th April
Dr Martin Doerry – Lifting a taboo: The story of a holocaust victim which has never been told before.
Thursday, 17th May 2018
Prof. Philippe Sands (East West Street: A Personal History of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity) in conversation with Katrin Himmler (The Himmler Brothers: A German Family History)
We hope that you will mark the dates in your calendars. For more information on the this season’s lecture series please refer to the leaflet here.