The Heart Has Reasons
Meetings With Holocaust Rescuers
by Mark Klempner
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Sampling of Presentations
Mark Klempner's presentations on the rescuers have been attended by thousands of people at over 100 synagogues, churches, schools, universities, and cultural centers, including the following:
Keynote speaker at the Asheville Community-Wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration involving Temple Beth Ha-Tephila, Beth Israel Synagogue, Western North Carolina Hillel, and the Center for Jewish Studies, Asheville, North Carolina
Keynote Speaker at the Greater East Bay Yom HaShoah Commemoration involving the Jewish Federation and Congregation B'nai Shalom, Walnut Creek, California
Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
B’nai Israel Synagogue, Wilmington, North Carolina
Bethany Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, North Carolina
B’nai Brith Youth Organization, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information (CHAI) and University of Rochester Hillel (joint event), Rochester, New York
Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Freeman Center for Jewish Life, Durham, North Carolina
Greensboro Public Library; Greensboro, North Carolina
Hadassah, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Ithaca Alternative High School, Ithaca, New York
Jewish Community of Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
Lincolnton Cultural Center, Lincolnton, North Carolina
National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Raleigh Friends Meeting, Raleigh, North Carolina
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Asheville, North Carolina
Temple Beth El, Ithaca, New York
The Shepherd’s Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina
United Congregational Church, Greensboro, North Carolina
University of Georgia Center for Jewish Life, Athens
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Presentations at Professional Meetings and Conferences
As a folklorist and historian, Mark Klempner has spoken to numerous professional groups about the rescuers, including the following:
"Righteous Gentiles and the Rescue of Dutch Jews." National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
"‘First Do No Harm’: Safeguarding the Mental Health of Holocaust Survivors Who Participate in Oral History Interviews." Oral History Association Annual Meeting in Durham, North Carolina.
"Making Trauma Stories Visible: Receiving and Reliving Holocaust Memories." Chair and commentator. Oral History Association Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.
"Community and Memory." Oral History Association Annual Meeting in Bethesda, Maryland.
"Navigating Life Review Interviews with Survivors of Trauma." Oral History Association Annual Meeting in Buffalo.
"Oral History and Memory." North Carolina State University Librarians Association, Raleigh, North Carolina.
"Recovered Memory." American Folklore Society Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.
"Redeeming the World: Dutch People Who Rescued Jews During World War II." Center for European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"Speaking What Cannot Be Said; Listening to What Cannot Be Heard: An Empathic Approach to Interviewing Holocaust Survivors." American Folklore Society Annual Meeting in Rochester, New York.