From Memory to Memoir

Written by Dena Hirsh on . Posted in Arts & Entertainment

Acclaimed Canadian author and editor Gina Roitman will lead a memoir-writing workshop on Sunday, June 23, at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland. This is the second workshop sponsored by The Generations After — an organization of children of Holocaust survivors, grandchildren of survivors, and survivors themselves — focused on transforming memory into memoir.

Roitman is the mentor of the GenAfter writing group, which was formed in 2018. During the upcoming workshop, participants will explore the concept of “Writing to Preserve Memory.” Roitman will discuss how to start the memoir-writing process, review different storytelling methods, and lead writing exercises to help attendees share their stories.

As a writer and producer, Roitman has worked to preserve her own heritage and that of other Holocaust survivors. She is the subject and co-producer of the award-winning documentary film “My Mother, the Nazi Midwife and Me,” and has written the memoirs of two child survivors. She authored the autofiction collection “Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth” and “You Have No Claim,” and co-authored the biography “Midway to China and Beyond.” Two of her radio essays based on memoir have aired on CBC Radio. Her own work has appeared in various anthologies and poetry collections including most recently “Wherever I Find Myself,” “The New Spice Box,” and “Poetica.”

Roitman will be signing books at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 24 and 25.

Congregation Beth El is located at 8215 Old Georgetown Road. Participation is limited to the first 30 registrants. The cost is $30 in advance (online at or $36 at the door. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   for more information.

By Dena Hirsh