Renowned Oral Historian on 50 Years of Holocaust Survivor Research

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies invites the public to an online presentation by Dr. Henry ("Hank") Greenspan on "Reflections from Fifty Years of Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Contrarian Views." The presentation will be held on Tuesday, October 6 at 7p.m. on Zoom.

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the same day, Greenspan's broader work will be featured in the Center's second lunch research colloquium. Like all colloquia, it is based on two pre-circulated publications by the guest speaker -- in this case some of his award-winning essays -- that all participants can read before the start of the session. This will also be held on Zoom.

Greenspan, lecturer emeritus at the residential college, in the Social Theory and Practice program at the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor, is also is a renowned oral historian and Holocaust studies scholar. He has been interviewing, teaching and writing about Holocaust survivors since the 1970s. Rather than publishing one-time “testimonies,” his approach has been to meet with survivors in sustained conversation: over months, years and, in a few cases, decades. He is the author of the influential study “On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimony,” which details his approach. In addition, Greenspan is a psychologist and playwright. He has performed his award-winning play, “REMNANTS,” at more than 300 venues worldwide.

These online programs are free of charge and open to the public. To access either one of the Zoom meetings, copies of the colloquium texts and more information about the events, please contact the Center at 828.262.2311 or

About the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies
Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies was founded in 2002 to develop new educational opportunities for students, teachers and the community. Located administratively within the College of Arts and Sciences, the center seeks to strengthen tolerance, understanding and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust, and utilizing these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of further genocides. The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies is an associate institutional member of the Association of Jewish Studies, a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations and a member of the North Carolina Consortium of Jewish Studies.

Public Zoom Lecture by Dr. Hank Greenspan
Published: Oct 1, 2020 3:55pm