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Award-Winning Author Speaks on Holocaust

Alexandra Zapruder's documentary short film will air on MTV in April

3/15/2005 9:21:51 AM


LYNCHBURG – Alexandra Zapruder, author of the award-winning book, “Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust,” presented a public lecture and book signing on March 23 at 7 p.m. at R-MWC. The event, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII and the Allies’ liberation of the Nazi concentration camps in Europe, was free and open to the public. High school teachers and students were encouraged to attend. A book signing was be held after the lecture in Presser Building.

The event was sponsored by the R-MWC Museum Studies Program, History Department, Campus Events, and the Holocaust Education Foundation of Central Virginia.

Zapruder, who graduated from Smith College in 1991, began work on the book after college when she was working for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. As she worked on an exhibit for young visitors, Remember the Children, Daniel’s Story, she came across a group of diaries written by teen-agers during the Holocaust. She was captivated and amazed to see and read so many diaries such from young people like Anne Frank. During the next 10 years, she found more than 60 diaries in museums, archives, libraries and homes of survivors of the Holocaust.

The result, “Salvaged Pages,” won the National Jewish Book Award in 2002, and provides a stirring collection of the lives of young people torn apart by the Holocaust.

In addition to identifying and collecting the diaries represented in “Salvaged Pages,” Zapruder curated an exhibition of young writers’ diaries, titled Private Writings, Public Records, which was on view at the Holocaust Museum in Houston from October 2001 to February 2002. She is currently directing the conceptual development of a children’s center devoted to the visual arts to be built in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In addition, she is co-producing a short documentary film based on “Salvaged Pages” that is scheduled to air on MTV in April 2005.

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