“Sometimes we can tell other people’s stories better than they can tell their own.”
~ Dr. Henry Greenspan
This is the work of a personal historian, to help a person tell their story in a logical, beautiful way, often better than they may be able to tell their story off the cuff. I appreciated hearing this from Greenspan, a psychologist and playwright who spoke this morning at the annual conference of the Association of Personal Historians in St. Louis, Missouri.
Greenspan recounted a comment from one of the Holocaust survivors he’d interviewed to create his one-man play, “Remnants”: “It’s not exactly what I said but it’s exactly what I meant.”