Have you ever heard of Anne Frank`s diary? No need to answer… and now imagine dozens of Anne Frank`s diaries and you don`t even know of their existence. Now you will.
From the earliest days of the second world war, a group of Jewish writers, artists, scholars, journalists, poets, and diarists risked their lives to document the plight and extermination of Jews in occupied Poland. Their common goal was to insure that the truth would survive even if they did not.
The effect of their activities was the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto, so called „Ringelblum Archive”. With 30,000 pages of writing, photographs, posters, and more, the Archive is the most important cache of in-the-moment, eyewitness accounts from the Holocaust.
And yet, the Archive remains largely unknown outside academic circles. This is about to change in the way that only a film can do, by making the story accessible to millions of people around the world.
The story is told by a new movie „Who will write our history”, directed by Roberta Grossman and produced by Nancy Spielberg, younger sister of Steven Spielberg. It will have its premiere next week in Warsaw. We are on pins and needles, waiting to watch it!
If you`re visiting Warsaw and would like to learn more about the story in the place where it happened, sign up for our guided Jewish Warsaw tours in English:
The Archive, recognized by UNESCO as a world documentary heritage, is deposited in the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. It`s the same building, where the group used meet in the Warsaw ghetto to coordinate their secret work, in the office of their leader, historian Emmanuel Ringelblum.
In November a new exhibition telling the story of the Archive was opened in the Institute – „What we’ve been unable to shout out to the world”. For the first time some documents are presented to the public. Here you can buy tickets: https://tickets.jhi.pl/rezerwacja/terminy.html
Currently we are running five guided tours of Warsaw in English: