glenn kurtz
Three Minutes
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Three Minutes in Poland:
Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film

Selected as one of the "Best Books of 2014" by

The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and National Public Radio.

Honorable Mention Winner of the Kulczycki Book Prize.


I'm extremely honored to be a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow for 2016-2017.

Three Minutes in Poland is now a lesson plan for grades 7-12, available online from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Video of the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies, held at the University of California, Santa Barbara, April 15, 2015.

Video of "Personal History: Searching for the Past in Home Movies," with Dani Shapiro and Roberta Newman at YIVO, New York, March 10, 2015.

Video of Panel Discussion on World War II and the Holocaust, with Eric Lichtblau, Sarah Wildman, Martin Goldsmith, at the Annapolis Book Festival, April 25, 2015.

Interview on the Halli Casser-Jayne Show: "Nancy Spielberg and Glenn Kurtz: Above and Beyond the Holocaust," May 27, 2015.

Interview on Shreveport's Red River Public Radio, November 18, 2015.

Interview on Think (KERA), December 14, 2015.


2018 Events:

August 5-12: Warsaw, Poland. I'll be giving two talks at the 38th conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).

August 8, 2018: Warsaw, Poland: "Preservation for the Next Generation: Building a Living Community While Restoring a Cemetery," 4:00-5:00pm.

August 7, 2018: Warsaw, Poland, "Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering the Lost and the Living Through a 1938 Home Movie," 1:30-2:30pm.

August 4, 2018: Warsaw, Poland. I'll be moderating What Do We Really Think? Stereotypes in the Polish-Jewish Landscape," a panel on Polish-Jewish relations, hosted by POLIN, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. 6:00pm.

March 25, 2018: Pikesville, MD, Jewish Genealogical Society of Maryland, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD. 1:30pm.

January 30, 2018: Princeton, NJ, The Jewish Center of Princeton, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08540. 7:30pm.

January 25, 2018: Dedham, MA, NewBridge on the Charles, 5000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, MA. 7:00pm.


2016-2017 events:

November 5, 2017: New Bedford, MA, Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 145 Brownell Ave, New Bedford, MA. 2:00pm.

November 4, 2017: Boston, MA, New England Conservatory, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA, 02115, 11:00am.

March 26, 2017: Newton Center, MA. Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston , Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre MA. 1:30pm.

January 26, 2016: Toronto, Ontario, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5P 3K9. 7:30pm.

May 2: Coral Gables, FL. Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL. 7:00pm.

May 4: Margate, FL, Temple Beth Am Yom HaShoah Service, 7205 Royal Palm Blvd., Margate, FL 33063. 7:30pm.

May 9: Newton, MA, Hebrew College Newton Center, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Center, MA 0245. 7:30pm.

May 12: Kennebunk, ME, Congregation Etz Chaim, 36 Bacon St, Biddeford, ME 04005. 7:00pm.

May 18: Falmouth, MA, Falmouth Jewish Congregation, 7 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth, MA 02536. 7:00pm.

May 19: Brewster, MA, Am HaYam, 162 Main Street, East Orleans MA 02643. 7:00pm.

July 1: Krakow, Poland. Krakow Jewish Festival, JCC Krakow ul. Miodowa 24, 5:00pm.

September 24: Providence, R.I., Temple Habonim, 165 New Meadow Road, Barrington, 7:00pm.

November 2: Montreal, Canada. Yentl and Mordko Fishman Memorial Endowment Fund Lecture, Jewish Public Library, 5151 Côte Ste-Catherine, 7:30pm.

November 20, Newington, CT, Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut, Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Road, Newington, CT 06111, 7:00pm.


2015 events:

January 12: Scotch Plains, NJ, Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey, 1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains NJ. 11:00am.

January 15: London, U.K., The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London. 6:30pm.

January 23: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Interview with film critic Bianca Stigter, Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam. 1:30pm.

January 25: Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Three Minutes Thirty MInutes Thirty Minutes, a film-essay by Bianca Stigter, at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

January 29: New York City, 92Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St., New York, NY. 12:00pm.

February 1: Philadelphia, Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia, Main Line Reform Temple, 410 Montgomery Ave. Wynnewood, PA. 1:30pm.

February 8: Dobbs Ferry, NY: Greenburgh Hebrew Center, 515 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY. 10:00am.

February 19: Palm Beach Gardens, FL: Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches, 5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 7:00pm.

March 10: New York City: Personal History: Searching for the Past in Home Movies, with Dani Shapiro. YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY. 6:30pm.

March 19: Bridgewater, NJ: Simon and Sarah Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, 775 Talamini Rd., Bridgewater, NJ. 7:00pm.

April 12: Brooklyn, NY, East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn New York. 4:00pm.

April 15: Chicago, IL, Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 North Broadway, Chicago, Illinois, 7:00pm.

April 16: Santa Barbara, CA, Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies at UC Santa Barbara, presented in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UC Santa Barbara. 8:00pm.

April 25: Annapolis, MD, Annapolis Book Festival, panel discussion, "Remembering the Holocaust." The Key School, 534 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, MD. 12:30pm. Watch on C-Span.

May 8: Anchorage, AK, Congregation Beth Sholom, 7525 E. Northern Lights Blvd Anchorage, AK. 7:00pm.

May 10: Anchorage, AK, University of Alaska, Anchorage in conjunction with the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association. UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307, 4:00pm.

July 17: Washington, D.C.: Keynote address, The Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

July 28: Norfolk, VA: Keynote address, The 12th Biennial Educators' Conference: Holocaust Education: Preserve the Past, Protect the Future, Norfolk Academy Batten Library, 1585 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA.

July 29: Richmond, VA: Virginia Holocaust Museum, 2000 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA. TBA.

September 8: Los Angeles, CA: American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Bel-Air. California 90077. 7:30pm.

September 10: Bluff, UT: Comb Ridge Bistro. 680 S Highway 191, Bluff, UT 84512. 6:30pm.

September 27: Sacramento, CA: Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento, Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento, CA. 10:00am.

November 7: Orlando, FL: Union of Reform Judaism 2015 Biennial Conference, Marriott World Center, Orlando, FL.

November 8: Boynton Beach, FL: Kristallnacht Commemoration, Valencia Pointe Hadassah, Valencia Pointe Social Hall, 6395 Castle Gate Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL. 10:30am.

November 10: Mamaroneck, NY: Kristallnacht Commemoration, Westchester Jewish Center, Rockland & Palmer Avenues, Mamaroneck NY. 8:00pm with a special supper conversation for teens at 6:00pm.

November 15: New York, NY: Jewish Genealogical Society of New York, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, NY, NY, 2:00pm.

November 18: Shreveport, LA: Rose & Louis Van Thyn Eminent Scholars Endowed Lectureship, Centenary College, Shreveport, LA. TBA.

November 22: Plainview, New York: Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island, Mid-Island Y-JCC, 45 Manetto Hill Rd., Plainview, NY. 2:00pm.


2014 events:

November 9: West Bloomfield, MI, Detroit Metro Book Fair Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI. 1:00pm..

November 10: Baltimore, MD, Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland, presented by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue. 7:00pm.

November 12: New York City, Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland, presented by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center, One East 65th Street. 6:30pm.

November 13: Philadelphia, PA, Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland, presented by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Adath Israel, 250 N. Highland Avenue, Merion Station, PA. 7:00pm.

November 17: San Francisco, CA, Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland, presented by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Jewish Community Library in San Francisco, 1835 Ellis Street. 7:00pm.

November 19: Los Angeles, CA, Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland, presented by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus, 11661 West Olympic Boulevard. 7:30pm.

December 2: Boca Raton, FL, Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland, presented by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Polo Club Boca Raton, 5400 Champion Boulevard. 7:00pm.

December 3: Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland, presented by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Ballen Isles Country Club, 100 Ballen Isles Circle. 7:00pm

December 4: Aventura, FL, Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland, presented by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, 20400 NE 30th Avenue. 7:00pm.

December 9: Chicago, IL, Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland, presented by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Mayer Brown, 71 South Wacker Drive. 12:00pm.

December 9: Northbrook, IL, Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland, presented by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Avenue. 7:00pm.

December 11: Washington, D.C., Rescuing the Evidence: Three Minutes in Poland, presented by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I Street NW. 7:00pm.

December 15: Cambridge, MA, Harvard Bookstore, 1256 Massachusetts Ave. 7:00pm.

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Video of the panel discussion "Translating Kafka, with Jay Cantor, Susan Bernofsky, and Peter Mendeulsund, is now on YouTube. We celebrated the launch of Susan's new translation of Kafka's The Metamorphosis and Jay's Forgiving the Angel. Four Stories for Franz Kafka, and the brilliance of Peter's Kafka covers. January 31, 2014, at NYU's Deutsches Haus.

Thanks to the Grand Canyon Classical Guitar Society for hosting a reading from Practicing at the Northern Arizona Book Festival in Flagstaff, AZ, Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Video of my presentation at TEDx, Bergen Community College, April 26, 2013.

A beautiful piece about "Three Minutes in Poland" in Haaretz, written by Judy Maltz.

Interview with physical therapist Diana Rumrill about Practicing.

Practicing is featured on BBC Radio 4, "Something Understood," June 24, 2012, 6:03am and 11:30pm.

A lovely piece about "Conversations on Practice" by Jennifer Hamady on the Huffington Post.

Practicing was featured in the New York Times Sunday Book Review's "Paperback Row."

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Interviews & Podcasts

Hear my interview on "Weekend Edition" with Scott Simon (National Public Radio).

Listen to my interview on "Inquiry" with Mark Lynch (WICN-FM, Worcester, MA).

Hear my interview with Steve Paulson on "To the Best of Our Knowledge" (Wisconsin Public Radio, broadcast nationally).

Here's an interview with Jim Lange on "Classically Speaking" (West Virginia Public Radio).

Read my playlist on the New York Times bookblog, "Paper Cuts."

Read an excerpt from my interview on Bloomberg News with Robin Schatz.

Here's my interview on "The Leonard Lopate Show" (WNYC, New York, 93.9).

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Past Events & Readings

Thursday, June 10: "That Reminds Me." a celebration for A Public Space at The Kitchen (512 W. 19th St., New York).

April 28, 2009: Reading at Other Means Reading Series, Flying Saucer Cafe (494 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn) 8:00 p.m.

September 27, 2008: Reading at Moon News Bookstore (315 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA) 7:00 p.m.

September 24, 2008: Reading at Capitola Book Cafe (1475 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA) 7:00 p.m. Special musical performance by classical guitarist Hunter Mah.

August 25, 2008: Reading at Barnes & Noble (2289 Broadway@82nd St., New York City). 7:00 p.m.

August 23, 2008: Reading at Horizon Books (243 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI). 4:00 p.m.

August 15, 2008: Reading at Chapters Bookstore (78 North Street, Pittsfield, MA). 6:00 p.m.

August 8, 2008: Reading and Launch Party at the Hosfelt Gallery (430 Clementina, between Howard and Folsom, 5th and 6th Streets, San Francisco). 6:00 p.m. Special musical performance by Hunter Mah.

July 24, 2008: Panel discussion on "Practicing Art" with artists Emil Lukas, Paul Ramirez-Jonas, and dancer/choreographer Douglas Dunn at the Hosfelt Gallery (New York). 7:00 p.m.

June 26, 2008: Reading at the Hosfelt Gallery (New York). 7:00 p.m. Performance by guitarist Paul Smith.

June 23, 2008: Keynote Address at American Harp Society Conference (Detroit, MI).

April 26, 2008: Reading at the Boston Classical Guitar Society's New Music Festival, Northeastern University (Boston, MA). 2:00 p.m.

April 18, 2008: Reading at Barnes & Noble Arboretum (Austin, TX). 7:30 pm.

February 7, 2008: Interview on "Write On! Radio" (KFAI, Minneapolis) 12:00 pm (EST).

June 19: Reading and release party at Labyrinth Books, New York. 7:00 p.m.

June 20: Reading at the Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MA. Special musical performance by Aaron Larget-Caplan. 6:30 p.m.

June 29: Interview on "The Jordan Rich Show" (WBZ, Boston).

July: Interview on "The Literati Scene" with Smoki Bacon (Channel 23, Boston).

July 10: Reading at the Stanford University Bookstore. 6:30 p.m.

July 11: Interview on "The Morning Show" with Andrea Lewis (KPFA, Berkeley). 8:30 a.m.

July 11: Reading at Bookshop West Portal, San Francisco. Special musical performance by Elliot Simpson. 7:00 p.m.

July 12: Reading at Mrs. Dalloway's, Berkeley. 7:30 p.m.

July 14: Interview on West Coast Live with Sedge Thomson. (KALW 91.7, San Francisco & Oakland)10:00 a.m. Pacific time.

July 23: Reading at Barnes Noble @ Lincoln Center, New York. Special musical performance by Nadav Lev. 7:00 p.m.

July 24: Interview on "The Joey Reynolds Show." (WOR-AM, 710, New York).

July 25: Interview on "Here and Now" with David Boeri (NPR/WBUR, Boston). 12:45 p.m.

July 26: Interview on "To the Point" with Anneke van der Veen (KWMR, West Marin, CA). 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

July 31: Reading at Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO. 7:30 p.m.

August 15: Interview on "WGBB Tonight" with Larry Davidson (WGBB-AM 1240, Long Island) 6:00 p.m.

August 19: Reading at "Writers on the Vine" (Palmer Vineyards, Aquebogue, New York) 11:30 a.m.

Interview in Music Connection Magazine with Mark Nardone. Issue no. 17 (Aug. 13-26, 2007).

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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has placed Practicing on its summer reading list.

The Chicago Tribune has named Practicing a "hot read for the summer.

Read a five-question interview on John Craig's blog

Practicing makes the front page of the Roslyn News.