Witnessing History - Ursula Szczepinska: The meaning of holocaust-era photography
Join us for this lecture in conjunction with our special exhibition The Woman Who Broke Boundaries: Photographer Lee Miller, where guest speaker Ursula Szczepinska explores the role photography played during the Holocaust and its significance today. Szczepinska will investigate the importance of studying these primary questions:
who were the photographers?
why did they take pictures?
who did they photograph?
Ursula Szczepinska is the Director of Education & Research at The Florida Holocaust Museum. Prior to joining The FHM 17 years ago, she worked at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and at the State Museum at Majdanek on site of the former concentration and death camp in Lublin, Poland. As the head of The FHM’s Education Department, Ursula is responsible for teacher, student, and community education, including docent-led tours for various audiences. She leads the Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project at The FHM in cooperation with Yad Vashem - she has collected and submitted over 700 Pages of Testimony from local survivors with data about victims who perished in the Holocaust. Szczepinska is also on The FHM’s team working with USC Shoah Foundation on the Dimensions in Testimony project that records survivor testimony in a format enabling people to ask questions that prompt real-time responses from pre-recorded video interviews. She received the 2011 “Outstanding Achievement Award” from the Florida Association of Museums for her contributions to Yad Vashem’s Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project and she holds two Master’s Degrees in Holocaust studies.