Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things:

  1. I am completing my second week at the faculty seminar at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Three immediate takeaways:
    • I’m convinced that the more I learn, the less I know. I am still trying to discern how my great-uncle left the DP camp in Germany in 1951 to come to America. I also desperately want to understand my grandmother’s role in getting him here.
    • Using primary sources trumps textbooks as the way to teach.
    • There are still so many stories to be told.
  2. I am still obsessed with Ancestry.com and look forward to teaching Family History in the fall at William Paterson University.
  3. I’ve learned how to use Google Tour Builder which can help to build a family narrative.

That’s it for this week. Have a good one.

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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8 Responses to Mid-Week Notes

  1. steve pollack says:

    Hello Barb,
    I concur with your insight about knowledge and learning. Most important the desire to learn more and pass those stories forward.
    My poetic inspiration is also family and faith. I am excited to receive an offer from Finishing Line Press to publish my first chapbook, “From Generation to Generation “. Of course, the Hebrew phrase, L’dor Vador, more musical. What can you tell me about your experience working with FLP?
    Thank you for a response and continued sharing of your literary adventures.

    • Hi, Steve,
      First, mazel tov on your first chapbook – it is a rite of passage!
      Second, FLP is fine for a first book. But the whole thing about providing them with address labels and pre-selling the first 50 books is not something I wanted to go through again. I sent my second chapbook ms. to Kelsay Books, and I was very pleased with them. You just reminded me I have yet to write my weekly poem. This is for a new novel in verse.

  2. Sheila Baslaw says:

    You are an amazing role model. Always questions always followup energy very inspiring.

  3. Barbara, this all sounds so fascinating. I hope to make time one day to research more about my family’s ancestry. I look forward to hearing more about what you learn regarding your family as well as research skills and resources.

    • Thanks, Evelyn. There are no records about my great-uncle in the International Tracing Service records, but I spoke with a Holocaust in Ukraine expert here and got a sense of what happened in my family’s eastern Galician shtetl.
      I’ve traced my mother’s family to the mid or late 1700s. But through DNA, I can see that some of my family branches come from other places, that they’re part of a larger picture.

  4. sheilaklewis says:

    Fascinating that you are doing that course and will teach family history. I am still unraveling my uncle (Joe Feingold’s) story (not blood relative, all mine got out), and he was subject of two films, most recently, Manhattan Day Schools “Names Not Numbers” documentary made by eighth graders with six Holocaust survivors. I worked with him to edit and publish his memoir. Good luck with it, the stories are endless, alas.

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