University of Rochester

EVENT: Skalny Memorial Lecture by Ann Weiss, Author of "The Last Album: Eyes from the Ashes of Auschwitz-birkenau"

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Lander Auditorium of Hutchison Hall on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk. Note: Parking is free on University lots in the evening.

February 12, 2001

Ann Weiss, author of a new book of rare personal photographs brought by victims to the Nazi death camps, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the University of Rochester. These are the only photos of their kind known to have survived the Holocaust.

Weiss, the daughter of two Holocaust survivors from Poland, discovered the photographs during a tour of Auschwitz in 1986 and then traveled the globe to uncover the lost personal histories of the people pictured.

The author of "The Last Album: Eyes from the Ashes of Auschwitz-Birkenau" (W.W. Norton & Co., $39.95), Weiss interviewed survivors in Europe, Israel and North America to reassemble the identities of several hundred people. "I chose to put the final punctuation on the people as they lived," says Weiss. "These are the voices Hitler could not silence."

Weiss will share stories of the photographs and their discovery, and will screen her internationally acclaimed film when she presents the first Skalny Memorial Lecture in Lander Auditorium on the University's River Campus. A native of Irondequoit, Weiss received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Rochester and has earned graduate degrees at other institutions. She is an historian, teacher, and documentary filmmaker, and is currently involved in Holocaust-related research and interviews.

Her visit is sponsored by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, the Center for Judaic Studies, the Department of Religion and Classics, and the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk. For information, call (585) 275-9898.

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