Lecture by Mirian M. Brysk Ph.D.
Survival in the Russian Partisans of the Lipiczany Forest
Miriam is a Holocaust child survivor from Warsaw, Poland. She was interned in the Lida ghetto in Belarus where her family was selected to die in a ghetto slaughter, but survived. She then escaped with her parents to the nearby Russian partisans in the Lipiczany forest. Her father, a surgeon, established a hospital in the forest, where hundreds were saved.
To protect her from rape, her parents turned Miriam into a boy, and she was given a gun of her own on her eighth birthday. She was liberated in June 1944, and came to America in 1947 at age 12, unable to speak English and with no previous formal schooling. She finished (NYU) college at age 20, and then, after 2 children, went on to earn a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Columbia University.
Miriam spent her career as a scientist and medical school professor at the University of Texas. After retiring, she became an artist and writer depicting the plight of her family and the Jews during the Holocaust. Miriam has created three major Holocaust art exhibits, In a Confined Silence in 2005, Children of the Holocaust in 2008 and Scroll of Remembrance in 2013. Miriam has had some 30 solo exhibits and is a frequent speaker on the Holocaust, particularly on Jewish resistance and the Partisans in the Soviet Union.
Three of her works are in the permanent Holocaust art collection of Yad Vashem. Her memoir, Amidst the Shadows of Trees: A Holocaust Child’s Survival in the Partisans” was published in 2013 and has since been awarded “The Gold Medal for Adult Non-Fiction” by the Florida Association of Publishers and Writers, as well as the “Best Narrative-Non Fiction Award” by the Independent Publishers of New England”. Her Holocaust Art Book “The Stones Weep: Teaching the Holocaust through a Survivor’s Art (with Co-author Margaret Lincoln was also published in 2013. The art book has been selected as “The Book of the Year” by the Independent Publishers of New England. Miriam lives with her husband Henry (a survivor from France) in Ann Arbor, MI; they have two daughters and five grandchildren.
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SAJE and the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies present:
A lecture with Professor Zvi Gitelman
University of Michigan
Professor of Political Science and Preston Tisch
Professor of Judaic Studies
"Soviet Jewish Partisans in WWII: Fighting For Stalin Or For the Jewish People?”
Join us for a fascinating look at the motivations, struggles, extraordinary lives and stories of Jewish partisans in the USSR during the Holocaust – and the surprising legacy they left to descendants.
Thursday, December 4, 2014- 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a showcase of photographs by Emmy-award-winning filmmaker and photographer Dane Gussin. His newest series of work will be on display in the upper level of the gallery during “pictures of Resistance”. The opening reception will be on October 19, 2014 from 1-4.
Special Event: Sunday, December 7 at 1 p.m.
Dane will show his documentary, “Dane’s World”, a short film describing how Dane uses his nature photographs to help others through therapy and healing.
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“I think it’s not only important for me during the course of my life to give back; I also want to leave something which stays with people after I’m gone. A photograph should tell a story that endures.” –Dane Gussin