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Bicentennial StoryCorps Interview No. 12: Survivors have life after, life before, life during

Bicentennial StoryCorps Interview No. 12: Survivors have life after, life before, life during

Hank Greenspan (right) spoke about his life's work with his former student and friend Ariana Headrick. Photo courtesy StoryCorps.

In celebration of the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial, the U-M Library partnered with the national oral history organization StoryCorps to record and preserve stories from our community. During the Fall Festival Bicentennial Celebration, participants had conversations with friends, classmates, family members and colleagues about meaningful experiences at U-M. These stories, presented and curated by the U-M Library in collaboration with StoryCorps, capture the essence of the U-M’s past and present.

Interview No. 12: Hank Greenspan & Ariana Headrick

Hank Greenspan has been interviewing Holocaust survivors since the early 70s, and points out that learning from the past isn’t enough; it’s what we do as bystanders that pays off. Greenspan, a psychologist and U-M lecturer, talks about his life’s work with his former student and friend Ariana Headrick.

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“But the real reason that I kept going all these 40-some years is because of how much I was learning from the survivors, about everything. And so, whatever else, I considered these folks my teachers about lots of things.” —Hank Greenspan