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Hélène Berr: A Stolen Life

January 22 - February 28
Clark Humanites Museum
1030 Columbia Avenue,
Claremont, 91711

Hélène Berr: A Stolen Life is a powerful exploration of the Holocaust as told through the journal entries of a 20-year-old Jewish woman living under the Vichy regime. On loan from the Mémorial de la Shoah, the Holocaust Museum in Paris, the exhibition includes entries from Berr’s journal as well as artifacts from her own life and from France under the Vichy regime is an evocative and essential exploration of a history that still reverberates today. In addition to the exhibition, the Claremont Colleges will also host lectures from preeminent Harvard Holocaust literature and film scholar Susan Rubin Suleiman and Director of the Shoah Memorial Jacques Fredj.

 Presented in partnership with the Clark Humanities Museum, the Scripps departments of French, Religious Studies, and Public Events, the Pomona departments of Romance Languages and History, Hillel, and the Jewish Federation of San Gabriel and Pomona Valley.




The College will also host several events and lectures about the exhibition:

On February 9, Scripps will host a day-long workshop about the exhibition in the Hampton Room on the College campus. The program is as follows:

8:30–9am : Registration

9–10:30am : Presentation by Jacques Fredj, Executive Director of the Mémorial de la Shoah.

10:30–10:45am : Break

10:45am–12:15pm : Lecture by Harvard Professor of the Civilization of France and Professor of Comparative Literature Susan Rubin Suleiman

12:15–1:15pm : Lunch

1:15–2:45pm : Presentation by Pierre Sauvage, a French/American documentary filmmaker and lecturer, who was a child survivor of the Holocaust and a child of Holocaust survivors. Described by Tablet Magazine in 2012 as “a filmmaker of rare moral perception.”

2:45–3pm : Break

3–4pm : Presentation by Pomona College Professor of French Monique Saigal

An image of Professor Nathan Bracher On Wednesday, February 20th at 4pm, we will host the final lecture on Hélène Berr by Nathan Bracher, Professor of French at Texas A & M University. His research focuses on history, memory, and narrating the past in contemporary France.