Who will write our history? : rediscovering a hidden archive from the Warsaw Ghetto / Samuel D. Kassow
- The Helen and Martin Schwartz lectures in Jewish studies
Helen and Martin Schwartz lectures in Jewish studies.
- New York : Vintage Books, 2009
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Table of contents
- 1st Vintage books ed
In 1940, in the Jewish ghetto of Nazi-occupied Warsaw, the Polish historian Emanuel Ringelblum established a clandestine scholarly organization called the Oyneg Shabes to record the experiences of the ghetto's inhabitants. For three years, members of the Oyneb Shabes worked in secret to chronicle the lives of hundreds of thousands as they suffered starvation, disease, and deportation by the Nazis. Shortly before the Warsaw ghetto was emptied and razed in 1943, the Oyneg Shabes buried thousands of documents from this massive archive in milk cans and tin boxes, ensuring that the voice and culture of a doomed people would outlast the efforts of their enemies to silence them. Samuel D. Kassow tells the tragic story of Ringelblum and his heroic determination to use historical scholarship to preserve the memory of a threatened people. --from publisher description.
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