Lecture | March 8 | 12-1 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
Rachel Deblinger is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Commons at the UC Santa Cruz University Library. Dr. Deblinger received a PhD in History from UCLA, with a dissertation titled In a world still trembling: American Jewish philanthropy and the shaping of Holocaust survivor narratives in postwar America (1945-1953). This work revealed how American Jews first came to know stories about Holocaust survivors through the efforts of American Jewish communal organizations in the postwar period.
Her research broadly addresses the transmission of knowledge about the Holocaust, the immediate post-Holocaust moment, and the changes in technology that allow survivor narratives to be collected, preserved and viewed. She also created Memories/Motifs, an online exhibition that traces the stories of three Holocaust survivors, connecting postwar memory to contemporary memory and memorial culture.