Saturday, April 29, 2017 3:00 PM   -   7:00 PM
Location: Main Sanctuary, Meeting Room

History and Catastrophe:
The Secret Warsaw Ghetto Archive of Emanuel Ringelblum

Samuel Kassow.jpgDuring World War ll, Jews in the face of death left “time capsules” full of documents that they buried under the rubble of ghettos and death camps. The Ringelblum Archive in the Warsaw Ghetto contained thousands of documents that were put together in absolute secrecy and buried by a group of 60 people, of which three people survived. About ten years later, the archives were dug up and have been extensively studied.

Dr. Samuel Kassow, the child of Holocaust survivors, was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany in 1946. He is now the Charles Northam Professor of History at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, and a leading scholar on the history of Ashkenazy Jewry and the Warsaw Ghetto. He has a continuing involvement as a consultant to the POLIN Museum of Jewish History, which opened on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Dr. Kassow is considered the foremost expert on the Ringleblum and Oyneg Shabes Archives. He has written several books on their contents. His book Who Shall Write Our History? is being adapted as a documentary film set to be released in 2017.

Dr. Kassow will speak on the importance of preserving historical documents and the past. He will describe the historical events that took place during World War ll that affected and eventually eliminated the Warsaw Ghetto and will focus on the Emanuel Ringelblum Archives.

Join us for Polish snacks after the program.