Commemoration of Ringelblum Archive-78th Anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising #announcements #holocaust #poland

Jan Meisels Allen

Participants lay a wreath and flowers in front of a monument dedicated
 to the underground archives of the Jewish ghetto during its unveiling
 ceremony at the site in Warsaw, April 19, 2021.
 (Wojtek Radwanski/AFP via Getty Images)


On the 78th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising—April 19 a monument was unveiled marking the area where a group of Jewish writers and activists buried an archive of material documenting their Holocaust activities. Known as the Oneg Shabbat- a group of historians, journalists, writers and social activists led by Emanuel Ringelblum collected material from reports and diaries to posters, drawing and even candy wrappers documenting the horrendous conditions in the ghetto and hid the cache underground in metal boxes and milk cans.  Most but not all of the documents have been found.  The monument is at 28 Nowolipki Street and centers on a transparent cube containing a copy of an archival document.


During the building of the commemoration they found old artifacts from the Warsaw Ghetto times which will be displayed in the Jewish Historical Institute.

After the Nazis invaded Poland in September 1939, they forced 500,000 Jews to live in unsanitary, cramped quarters which became known as the Warsaw Ghetto. Most were murdered or died of starvation or disease.

Due to the pandemic no official ceremony was held. However, groups involved with the project released an 8-minute video on YouTube. It is in Polish with English subtitles.  See:


There also plans to honor the  Oneg Shabbat group with a monument at Warsaw’s Jewish cemetery.


To read more about this see:


To learn more about the Jewish Historical Institute see:


To learn more about the Oneg Shabbat Archive go to:


A book about discovering the Hidden Archive is Who Will Write our History Rediscovering a Hidden Archive From the Warsaw Ghetto by Samuel D. Kassow.   Professor Kassow gave the Pamela Weisberger Memorial Lecture on this topic  Sponsored by JGSLA at the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee



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