REMNANTS, a one-man show, written and performed by Henry (“Hank”) Greenspan, is based on twenty years of the playwright’s conversations with Holocaust survivors. In his award-winning play Greenspan recreates moments in which survivors reflect not only on the destruction but also on their lives in the aftermath. The play is followed by a discussion between playwright and audience.
The play was first produced for radio in 1992 and distributed to NPR stations across the United States. As a stage play, REMNANTS has been presented at more than two hundred venues throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as in Britain, Israel, the Czech Republic, and at the Magdeburg attic theatre in the former Theresienstadt concentration camp–a space used for performances during the Holocaust itself.
Greenspan is a psychologist and playwright at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who has been writing and teaching about the Holocaust for almost three decades. He is the author of On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Recounting and Life History and, with Agi Rubin, Reflections: Auschwitz, Memory, and a Life Recreated.
Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies.