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Sun, Apr 30


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Three Minutes in Poland

Only three minutes of color film remain of a home movie shot by David Kurtz in 1938 in his ancestral village in Poland. Join a discussion of the book Three Minutes in Poland and the film Three Minutes in Poland: A Lengthening, which dissect and bring to life the shtetl right before the Holocaust.

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Three Minutes in Poland
Three Minutes in Poland

Time & Location

Apr 30, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT

via Zoom

About The Event

On Sunday, April 30 from 1:00-2:30 PM CDT, MNJGS is proud to present Three Minutes in Poland: A Discussion with the Author and the Filmmaker, a moderated discussion, between Glenn Kurtz, the author of the highly acclaimed book Three Minutes in Poland, and Bianca Stigter, the director of the award-winning documentary film Three Minutes in Poland: A Lengthening, co-produced by Steve McQueen and narrated by Helena Bonham Carter. Both the book and the film are memorable, justifiably honored achievements. Read the book, watch the film and then come hear the remarkable stories behind their creation. The movie is available to watch on Hulu at no charge, and may also be rented on Amazon Prime.


Glenn Kurtz is a 2019-2023 Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, Orange, CA, and the recipient of a 2016-2017 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. A graduate of Tufts University and the New England Conservatory of Music, he holds a PhD from Stanford University in German studies and comparative literature. He has taught at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, and The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. He has just completed both a novel and a book of nonfiction about the Empire State Building. For more information, see his website,

Bianca Stigter is an historian and cultural critic. She published three books with essays about art and history. She made the short film essay I Kiss This Letter—Farewell Letters from Amsterdammers (2018). She is the associate producer of Steve McQueen’s feature films 12 Years a Slave and Widows. In 2019 she published the book Atlas of an Occupied City which will also become a documentary film

The program will take place on-line via Zoom. The program is free for members, $5 for non-members. Payments can be made at Questions can be emailed to MNJGS at

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