Best Books of 2014, National Public Radio
Here is my interview with NPR's Rachel Martin on Weekend Edition.
Best Books of 2014, The New Yorker.
Best Books of 2014, The Boston Globe.
Praise for the Dutch edition:
Best Book of the Week, De Standaard (Netherlands), January 5. 2016. Full reviews in De Standaard, December 31, 2015, in NRC (Netherlands), December 4, 2015, in Historiek.net (Netherlands), January 2, 2016, and in Dag Blad (Netherlands), January 8, 2016.
"In the pages of Glenn Kurtz's marvelous book, the ghosts from those three minutes are breathtakingly brought to life."
—Louise Steinman, Los Angeles Times, November 20, 2014.
"Both a memoir and an impressive feat of historical research, “Three Minutes in Poland” documents Kurtz’s four-year search for surviving Nasielskers, who he hopes can piece together a narrative from the fragments of film.... In a genre so often preoccupied with the recitation of horrors, “Three Minutes in Poland” is the rare work that seems more about people than about ghosts."
—Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post, January 16, 2015.
"How does one write of an abomination? How to serve and preserve a people and a place wiped off the face of the earth by evil? To touch its piquancy, avoid melodrama, make real its honor and dignity, its contradictions and scandals, the vital and messy humanness of the human project trooping along? It isn’t easy. In Three Minutes in Poland, Glenn Kurtz accomplishes the act not through mourning... but through revivifying those people and that place... and luminous bursts of incarnation."
—Peter Lewis, The Christian Science Monitor, November 19, 2014.
"... a haunting web of contingency."
—The New Yorker, February 16, 2015.
"...in this captivating book, Mr. Kurtz tries to reconstruct Jewish Nasielsk, knowing he will fail—not only because he arrives too late but because memory is by nature incomplete."
—Dara Horn, The Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2014.
"The book is not only about Nasielsk, but about the past, about history and memory... [It] is as exciting as it is touching."
—Bianca Stigter, NRC Handelsblod (The Netherlands), January 22, 2015.
"This Week's Must Reads," New York Post, November 15, 2014.
"Kurtz’s quest to learn about the lost world depicted in his grandfather’s home movie is at the heart of this deeply moving, gorgeously written book."
—Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe, November 15, 2014.
"engrossing, exhaustively researched…”
—Jessica Zack, "Found Footage Reveals 3 Poignant Minutes in Prewar Poland," the San Francisco Chronicle, November 15, 2014.
"'Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film'—along with the remarkable four-year quest it documents—is an act of reverence, as well as a feat of archival reconstruction. Kurtz's patience, energy and appetite for detail seem boundless…."
—Julia M. Klein, The Chicago Tribune, November 13, 2014.
"Kurtz’s tenacious research and sensitive reporting make this book a gem."
—Three Minutes in Poland is number one on The Christian Science Monitor's 10 Best Books of November, November 7, 2014.
"Three minutes of old film changed Glenn Kurtz’s life and those of the survivors he searched for, found and introduced to us. The world is richer for his efforts."
—Stephanie Shapiro, The Buffalo News, January 25, 2015.
"Old Home Movie Reveals Life in Poland's Jewish Community Before the Holocaust."
—Interview with Sean Moncrieff, Newstalk (Ireland), February 2, 2015.
Interview with Yona Zeldis MacDonough for Lilith, January 12, 2015.
"Both a memoir and an impressive feat of historical research."
Sarah Kaplan, Concord Monitor, March 25, 2015.
Interview with Dr. Alvin Jones, March 19, 2015.
"9 Family History Memoirs That'll Make You Want To Go Digging Into Your Own Past," in Bustle, March 20, 2015.
"Autor descobre filme que mostra comunidade dizimada no Holocausto," G1 Globo News, Brazil, January 15, 2015.
"As a reader I was fascinated. The book plays out like a reverse murder mystery, an examination of how, in the midst of the death surrounding them, this handful of teenagers and children managed to live through the horrors they witnessed."
—Emily Jennings, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, January 4, 2015.
Schwierige Spurensuche in der Nazizeit [Difficult Search for Traces in the Nazi Period].
—Peter Illetschko, Der Standard, Austria, January 2, 2015.
"Kurtz’s book is captivating as it evolves from mystery to history, and its unusual approach to examining the Holocaust — examining the vibrant life of a lost community rather than just the terrible demise of its inhabitants — is a sad but refreshing addition to the grim, vitally important library of that period."
—Pamela Miller, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, December 28, 2014.
Best Books We Missed this Year.
—Ann Hulbert, The Atlantic. Sarah Wildman, author of Paper Love gives a shout-out to Three Minutes in Poland. December 17, 2014.
Three Minutes to Remember: How Glenn Kurtz Resurrected a Forgotten Jewish Town In Poland and Its Citizens.
—Greg Archer, Huffington Post. December 17, 2014.
Author Revives Bombed Polish City in Latest Book.
—Stephen Gleason, The Harvard Crimson. December 17, 2014.
Familiar Face in Old Home Movie Leads to Moving Tale of Holocaust Survival.
—Tom Negovan, WGNTV Chicago. December 9, 2014.
Discovering a Lost World.
—Sergio Carmona, South Florida Sun-Sentinel. December 8, 2014.
"Three Minutes in Poland" Offers a View of Life Lost.
—Tess Cutler, Los Angeles Jewish Journal. December 7, 2014.
A pre-Holocaust Home Movie Opens a Window into a Lost World.
—Elaine Margolin, Los Angeles Jewish Journal. December 7, 2014.
A 1938 Family Film Uncovers a Lost World.
—Avishay Artsy, The Jewniverse. December 3, 2014.
A Holocaust History Journey.
—Carlos Frias, The Palm Beach Post. December 1, 2014.
A Lost World in an Old Box of Film.
—The Jewish Daily Forward. December 1, 2014.
A Small Town in Poland....
—The Chicago Jewish News. December 1, 2014.
Glenn Kurtz Reveals the History of Nasielsk's Jewish Quarter
—Dzieje.pl. November 30, 2014.
A Rare Glimpse of a Lost World
—Eileen Lavine, Moment Magazine. November 17, 2014.
Preserving Jewish History in 'Three Minutes'.
—The Jewish Week. November 4, 2014.
"A haunting elegy to a vanished place and a hopeful evocation of its legacy."
"A deeply intimate, rigorously detailed study of a lost Jewish world … The degree of detail in this work is staggering: The closer Kurtz peered, the more he learned of a rich, vibrant world on the brink of extinction."
Read an excerpt from Three Minutes in Poland at FSG's blog, Work in Progress.
View a report on Polish TV News TVN24 about visit to Nasielsk by fifty descendants of the former Jewish community on October 29, 2014. (In Polish!)
A review of the opening of a photo exhibit, "Nasielsk: City of Two Cultures," at the Nasielsk Municipal library, in the Nowy Dwór daily newspaper.