Gil Pasternak is invited to speak at Yad Vashem (Heichal Yahaduth Wolyn), Israel

On 24 November 2019 Gil Pasternak spoke at the annual memorial assembly for the Jews of Piotrków Trybunalski, organised at Yad Vashem (Heichal Yahaduth Wolyn) by the Piotrków Trybunalski Jewish Association in Israel. Having accompanied members and friends of the Association on a commemoration and heritage-preservation trip to the city of their ancestors, Pasternak entitled his talk “Preserving Piotrków Trybunalski’s Jewish Heritage: Observations, Impressions, and Conclusions from Commemoration Trip 2019”. He shared with the audience some of his observations about the challenges of heritage maintenance facing the second, third, and fourth generations of Shoah survivors. Among other subjects, he discussed the options available for salvaging first-hand knowledge of Jewish life and culture in the city both during and prior to the Second World War. Dedicating part of his talk to differentiate between “collective memory” and “connected memory”, he especially highlighted the importance of cultivating a Jewish-Polish inter-communal participatory culture and the advantages of utilising informative historical photographs and digital heritage practices.

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