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On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Beyond Testimony

Foreword by Robert Coles

How do Holocaust survivors find words for horrific memories? “It is not a story,” insists one survivor. “It has to be made a story.” Greenspan shows us the ways survivors do “make stories” for the “not-story.” Equally important, he shows us the ways they are not able to do so.


"Stunningly brilliant, standard-setting for scholarship in the field, Henry Greenspan's 2010 version of On Listening to Holocaust Survivors transcends the path-breaking first edition by putting into bold relief the insights that emerge from his more than thirty years of intensive collaboration with Holocaust survivors. By emphasizing the importance of ongoing conversation, rather than one-time testimony, Greenspan challenges conventional wisdom and wisely transforms the process of discerning and responding to what survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides have to say."--John K. Roth, Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, and Founding Director, Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, Claremont McKenna College.



REMNANTS is an award-winning, minimalist piece that includes the voices of 3 men and 4 women, currently presented as a one-man performance by the author. The play reflects what is now forty years of deepening conversation between the playwright and a group of Holocaust survivors. The dramatic action is the process of retelling itself: survivors striking on an image or memory that seemed to nail something essential about living through and after such destruction.  The play was initially produced and distributed on Naitonal Public Radio in the United States and has been presented on stage at more than 300 venues worldwide.

Link to performance of REMNANTS at the Marsh Theater International Solo Festival, March 2022


Reflections: Auschwitz, Memory, and a Life Recreated

Co-authored with Agi Rubin

Agi Rubin began a diary in April, 1945, two days after Liberation. She was then sixteen years old. Reflections includes Agi’s early diary, along with her continuing dialogue with Holocaust memory over sixty years. The conversation with memory is interwoven with the co-authors’ friendship of twenty-five years.