Warsaw Ghetto: The story of its secret archive

 

 

 

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Throughout the bitter days of the Warsaw Ghetto, a clandestine group of researchers compiled a vast archive detailing every aspect of life in this prison city built and then obliterated by the Nazis. Led by a historian, Emanuel Ringelblum, the group then buried the archive for for future generations.

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Documentary film that makes use of archival films, photographs, works of art, and diaries. The film describes the activity of the underground archive of the Warsaw Ghetto that was created out of a sense of tremendous urgency and at the risk of human life; it also tells the story of Emmanuel Ringelblum who was the motivating force for establishing the archive.

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The film appears in Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum. The entire collection of the Museum films (including documentary footage as well as testimonies) is available for personal viewing and research in Yad Vashem’s Visual Center.

„Oneg Shabbes: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Underground Archive in the Warsaw Ghetto”(2005, The Holocaust History Museum, Yad Vashem)
Director: Reuven Hecker
Producers: Noemi Schory, Liran Atzmor, Liat Benhabib

Excerpts from Mir Lebengebliebene, directed by Nathan Gross, 1947, courtesy of Ya’akov Gross, Independent Producer and Yossi Shavit, Archive Director, the Ghetto Fighters’ House

Excerpts from Flames in the Ashes, directed by Haim Guri, 1985, produced by the Ghetto Fighters’ House, courtesy of Yossi Shavit, Archive Director, the Ghetto Fighters’ House

Additional archival footage courtesy of Dani è le Guerlain, Transit Film GmbH

Photographs and documents courtesy of The Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw (Zydowski Instytut Historyczny, ZIH )

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