The Warsaw Ghetto Oyneg Shabes-Ringelblum Archive Catalog and Guide

by Tadeusz Epsztein

The Warsaw Ghetto Oyneg Shabes-Ringelblum Archive Catalog and Guide Synopsis

Retrieved after World War II from metal boxes and milk cans buried beneath the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Oyneg Shabes-Ringelblum Archive was clandestinely compiled between 1940 and 1942 under the leadership of historian Emanuel Ringelblum. Members of the secret Oyneg Shabes organization gathered thousands of testimonies from natives of Warsaw and refugees from hundreds of other localities, creating a documentary record of the wartime fate of Polish Jewry. Now housed in the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, the archive comprises some 35,000 pages, including documents, materials from the underground press, photographs, memoirs, belles lettres, and much more. This first comprehensive description of its contents is meticulously indexed to facilitate location of documents and information. By aiding access to this unique archival treasure, the catalog and guide advance study of the daily lives, struggles, and sufferings of Polish Jews at a crucial time and place in the history of the Holocaust.

The Warsaw Ghetto Oyneg Shabes-Ringelblum Archive Catalog and Guide Press Reviews

By aiding access to this unique archival treasure, the catalog and guide advance study of the daily lives, struggles and sufferings of Polish Jews at a crucial time and place in the history of the Holocaust. April 16, 2010 * Heritage Florida Jewish News * [T]his is an important work that should be of great assistance to scholars. Fall 2010 * Jewish Book World * [This] is an altogether remarkable testimony. May 2010 * Hadassah Magazine * The Oyneg Shabes Archive is perhaps the most important collection of original material compiled by Jews during the Holocaust. . . . Conscious of the momentous times in which they lived and of the deadly peril facing the Jews of Europe, [participants in the project] were determined to chronicle all aspects of life in the ghetto to serve as a record for the future. -- Antony Polonsky * editor of Polin *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780253353276
Publication date: 11th January 2010
Author: Tadeusz Epsztein
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 568 pages
Categories: European history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,

About Tadeusz Epsztein

Robert Moses Shapiro is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College, CUNY. Tadeusz Epsztein is a longtime associate of the Polish Academy of Science's Institute of History and the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. Samuel D. Kassow is Charles Northam Professor of History at Trinity College.

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