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Samuel Kassow: Time Capsules Under the Rubble

The Secret Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto

Date of Lecture: April 5, 2017

Samuel KassowAbout the Speaker: Samuel Kassow is the Charles Northam Professor of History at Trinity College and author of "Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archives” (Indiana University Press, 2007). He served as a consultant for the documentary film version of “Who Will Write Our History,” set to release this year, and directed by Roberta Grossman with Nancy Spielberg as executive producer.

About the Talk: Kassow tells the story of historian Emanuel Ringelblum and his secret organization, Oyneg Shabes, which kept a record of Jewish life in wartime Poland and buried the documents in tins and milk cans under the Warsaw Ghetto. Two caches containing thousands of documents were discovered in 1946 and 1950. A third cache remains buried.

This talk is supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.