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Who Will Write Our History: A Conversation with Filmmaker Roberta Grossman

April 6, 2020
Who Will Write Our History
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Who Will Write Our History: A Conversation with Filmmaker Roberta Grossman

Award-winning filmmaker Roberta Grossman joins Facing History for a discussion of her visionary film, Who Will Write Our History, exploring themes of resistance, participation, and the importance of telling one’s own story.

The award-winning film, Who Will Write Our History tells the extraordinary story of the Oyneg Shabes, a clandestine organization led by Emanuel Ringelblum in the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi German occupation of Poland. Creating an archive that was discovered only after the war, the Oyneg Shabes, collected diaries, essays, jokes, poems, and songs—anything that would counter Nazi propaganda and help the world understand life in the Ghetto from the perspective of its Jewish inhabitants. 

During this webinar, educators will:

  • Learn how the filmmaker worked to safeguard the authentic voice and perspective of the members of the archive, preserving the integrity of the scholarship and the perspectives of those who endured the Holocaust. 

  • Explore how to use Facing History’s accompanying lessons to share the classroom-length version of the film with students. 

  • Learn about educational resources on the history of the Warsaw ghetto, opportunities to access digitized documents from the archive, and the role of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and other organizations in preserving the archive.

  • Discuss how to guide students as they reflect on dominant narratives about their own communities, and consider how to tell their community’s story in a more just and equitable way.

This webinar is appropriate for teachers of history, journalism, literature, film, and Holocaust studies. 

Captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 7–8pm EST. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center

You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.

Facing History is proud to offer this webinar in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Discovery Channel. 


About the Presenters

Roberta Grossman


An award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history and social justice, Roberta Grossman has written and produced more than forty hours of documentary television. She was the series producer and co-writer of 500 Nations, the eight-hour CBS mini-series on Native Americans hosted by Kevin Costner. Grossman’s feature documentary, Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action, premiered in February 2005, and has screened and won awards at more than 40 festivals worldwide. Other writing and producing credits include In the Footsteps of Jesus, a four-hour special for the History Channel; Hollywood & Power: Women on Top, a special for AMC; The Rich in America: 150 Years of Town and Country Magazine for A&E; The History of Christianity: the First Thousand Years, a four-hour special on A&E; Medal of Honor, a six-part television series produced for U.S. News & World Report; and “Heroines of the Hebrew Bible” and "Judas" for the A&E series Mysteries of the Bible.


Shira Deener

Director, Jewish Education Program

Facing History and Ourselves

Shira Deener is the Director of Jewish Education. Facing History’s Jewish Education Program provides training, coaching, and resources to educators around the globe. By connecting Jewish sources to historical and contemporary issues, Shira empowers teachers to help students make connections between their Jewish identities, ethical choices they make, their potential as agents of change in our world. 


Laura Tavares

Program Director, Organizational Learning and Thought Leadership

Facing History and Ourselves

Laura Tavares is the Program Director for Organizational Learning and Thought Leadership. She leads strategic partnerships, designs learning experiences for educators, and creates innovative classroom resources. She writes about history, current events and education for publications including the New York Times, Educational Leadership and Social Education. Laura joined the staff of Facing History in 2005 after several years teaching history and literature in independent schools. She is also a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero Classroom. Laura graduated from Wellesley College and received graduate degrees in literature and history from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.


April 6, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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