Holocaust historians share stories at workshop series

Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLHW) talks are part of ongoing efforts to broaden understanding of the past and to foster tolerance. At the events, attendees have the opportunity to hear about the experiences of local Holocaust survivors, witnesses and others, and to learn about the Visual History Archive, the world’s largest database of Holocaust testimony.

The UC San Diego Library is one of only three university libraries on the West Coast to have access to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute Visual History Archive, founded by filmmaker Steven Spielberg to document the stories of Holocaust survivors for his movie, “Schindler’s List” (1993).

Workshop events run 5:30-7 p.m. in the UCSD Library’s Seuss Room and are free to the public. For more information about the HLHW, sponsored by the UCSD Library and the Judaic Studies Program, contact Susanne Hillman at (858) 534-7661 or

Feb. 25: Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave Labor Camp — with Christopher Browning

Compared to the extermination camps, forced labor camps have received relatively little scholarly attention.

Christopher Browning’s study of the Polish slave labor camp at Starachowice thus fills an important gap.

Based on an analysis of extensive video testimony, “Remembering Survival” is a historical and historiographical tour de force. By illuminating a forgotten experience, Browning makes a powerful case for the value of video testimony. Browning teaches at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His publications include “Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland”; “Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers”; and “The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy.”

March 11: Archival Footprints: In Search of the Grishavers — with Herman Grishaver

Originally from Belgium, Herman Grishaver survived the war thanks to his family’s escape to the United States. Since retiring from his neurology practice, he has researched the fates of numerous family members during and after the Holocaust. His journey through archives on several continents has yielded surprising insights that take the audience from Antwerp to Linz and from Perpignan to Jerusalem. The result is a tapestry of stories woven from memories, images and scraps of paper.