Stowarzyszenie Żydowski Instytuk Historyczny w Polsce

An Archive more important than life

An Archive more important than life


An Archive more important than life is a new project of the Jewish Historical Institute - an exhibition dedicated to Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oneg Shabbat group and their struggle to preserve memory.

In the Warsaw ghetto, a small group of writers, historians, journalists, teachers and social activists set up a group called Oneg Shabbat and set themselves the goal of preserving the memory of the Holocaust of the Jewish people and describing the ongoing drama of the events surrounding them.

The first part of the Ringelblum Archive was found in 1946 in the basement of the school at 68 Nowolipki Street in Warsaw. The second part was found four years later.
This extremely important collection of Holocaust testimonies contains hundreds of accounts, diaries, letters, photographs, official documents, public and conspiracy press, works of art, and wartime studies.

The exhibition design is being prepared by the JHI historians under the supervision of Professor Paweł Śpiewak. The project is discussed with curators of exhibitions in Auschwitz - Birkenau, the Grodzka Gate in Lublin, Schindler's Factory in Krakow, and others.

Lear more about the project here