Conversation with Marsha Raimi: Journey into the Past

 

Barbara Dab talks with Nashville community member, Marsha Raimi, about her recent trip to Poland to learn more about her Holocaust survivor father's life before, during, and after the war. Marsha shares her emotional, surprising, and personal journey into her family's past. She also offers tips about how others can learn about their family's history.

Here are some of the resources referenced in this conversation:

Matzevah Foundation https://www.matzevah.org/ - Founded and headquartered in Franklin, TN, this is a group of American Christians who work with local residents to restore Jewish cemeteries in Poland, about 5-10 each summer, with the goal of advancing dialogue and reconciliation between all parties. The founder, Dr. Steven D. Reece, recently began a Fulbright Scholarship at the Institute of History at the University of Szczecin in Szczecin, Poland, where he will teach, conduct research, and further develop this cultural envoy model.
 
Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Poland (FODZ) https://fodz.pl/?d=3&l=en - Established by the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland in 2002, FODZ recovering, preserving, and commemorating physical sites of Jewish significance. This includes 200 synagogues and over 1200 cemeteries, to date. 
 
Forum for Dialogue http://dialog.org.pl/en/forum-for-dialogue/ - Works to connect Jewish descendents from Poland with current Polish citizens, repairing the reptures from World War II, by forming person-to-person connections. Provides assistance to teachers in elementary through high school in teaching about the Jewish history of Polish towns. 
 
Three Minutes book and movie http://glennkurtz.com/cgi-bin/iowa/three-minutes-in-poland/index.html - A home movie filmed in 1938 in Nasielsk, Poland resulted in Glenn Kurtz's book Three Minutes: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film in 2014  and the documentary film Three Minutes: A Lengthening, directed by Bianca Stigter in 2022. The partnership forged by the current residents and Jewish descendents, with the assistance of the above organizations, culminated in two days of events this May, including a ceremony rededicating the Jewish cemetery and a screening of the film in Nasielsk. Marsha Raimi's grandfather Yechiel Reingevirtz was born in Nasielsk.
 
 

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