University of Rochester

EVENT: Lecture by the author and the translator of a memoir, And Yet I Still Have Dreams, from a concentration camp survivor during World War II

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Lander Auditorium of Hutchison Hall on the University of Rochester’s River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public
Note: Free parking is available on University lots after 7 p.m.

October 13, 2004

The author of a new English edition of interviews with “Alex,” the pseudonym for a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto and three concentration camps, will speak about one man’s efforts to come to terms with his memories at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the University of Rochester. Part of the Skalny Lecture and Artist Series, the program is free and open to the public.

Joanna Wiszniewicz, the author of And Yet I Still Have Dreams: A Story of Certain Loneliness and a researcher at the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland, followed the survivor from his childhood in a family of assimilated Jews to his coming to terms with his memories later in life. For years, her research has focused on the identity of the first post-Holocaust generation raised in Poland. She and Regina Grol, the book’s translator from Polish into English and a professor of literature at Empire State College in Buffalo, will discuss their collaboration and the finished work.

Published by Northwestern University Press, the book has been described as a frank look at one man’s “postwar guilt about his own behavior and the shame he felt for his people’s humiliation by the Nazis.” And Yet I Still Have Dreams also reveals the burden of lingering memories. It was first published in Warsaw in 1996.

The lecture in Lander Auditorium of Hutchison Hall is sponsored by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, the office of the Dean of the College, and the Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information of the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester. The Skalny Center, which was established with a generous grant from the Louis Skalny Foundation, supports research and teaching about the historical legacy and political and economic changes within Central Europe.

For more information, contact the Skalny Center at (585) 275-9898.