Simone Lagrange Remembers Auschwitz
Thursday 14 September 2017, 6:15 PM - 9:30 PM
Institute of Group Analysis, London NW3 5BY
At this Join-the-Debate@IGA we will be showing the French documentary As a Young Girl of Thirteen – Simone Lagrange Remembers Auschwitz (original title: Moi, petite fille de treize ans). The documentary will be followed by a Large Group, convened by Group Analyst Annie Hershkowitz, which will allow reflection on Lagrange’s perceptive and vivid description of the years before, during and after her imprisonment at Auschwitz.
Deported at the age of 13, Simone Lagrange survived Auschwitz-Birkenau. Forty years later, she was the principal witness at the Klaus Barbie trial. The strength of her words reflects the 13-year-old that she was, and her characteristic revolt and tenacity: 'I did not become what they wanted'. The camera follows her into the classroom, addressing generations of young people. By its very subjectivity, the innermost experience at the heart of each survivor's testimony, makes it unique and irreplaceable.
6:00 PM Registration
6:15 PM Documentary: As a Young Girl of Thirteen - Simone Lagrange Remembers Auschwitz
8:00 PM Refreshments
8:15 PM Large Group with Group Analyst Annie Hershkowitz
9:30 PM End
IGA Members/Students £10
Please note that light refreshments (juice, wine and nibbles) are included in the ticket price.
Annie Hershkowitz is a registered art therapist and Group Analyst. She completed the Foundation course at the IGA in 1989 with a view to training, but due to work commitments, was unable to continue with the qualifying course. She took this up 8 years later at Goldsmiths College, University of London at very short notice. She worked at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust in both adult and in child and adolescent psychiatry, until her unit was closed down due to government cuts in 2004. She is a second-generation Shoah survivor. Her specialist interests include trauma, PTSD and trans-generational issues of trauma.