Talking Memory : Beyond Oneg Shabbat: Groundbreaking Research and Findings in the JHI

The Ghetto Fighters’ House invites you to a new three part series marking the 75th Anniversary of the Jewish Historical Institute
The Oneg Shabbat Archives and Beyond:
Documenting and Preserving the History of European Jewry
at the Jewish Historical Institute
Join us for the third program on Sunday, December 11th:
Beyond Oneg Shabbat:  Groundbreaking Research and Findings in the JHI

Guest Speakers:

Dr Ewa Wiatr
Łódź ghetto’s Legacy at the Jewish Historical Institute

Piotr Nazaruk
Unburned: The Library of the Lublin Yeshiva

The mission of the Jewish Historical Institute is to care for the Jewish legacy preserved in the archives of the Institute. The institute’s collections consist of seven million pages of varied documents. The most significant part of the collections is the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto, also known as the Ringelblum Archive, but other collections are also preserved and documented. In this third and final program, our speakers will present their research and findings in the JHI that go beyond the Warsaw ghetto.

Dr. Ewa Wiatr will discuss one of the most interesting and unique collections that can be found at the Jewish Historical Institute. Some of the Lodz documents became a part of the Ringelblum Archive, and brought to Warsaw during the war. This collection is part of the archival legacy of the Łódź ghetto.

The fate of the library of Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin, or, Academy of the Sages of Lublin, is one of the greatest mysteries from the postwar history of Jewish heritage in Poland. Piotr Nazaruk from the “Grodzka Gate–NN Theater” Center will discuss how the center is reconstructing the postwar history of this unique book collection, show documents proving its survival, and, most of all, show nearly three hundred books, held mainly in the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and the National Library of Israel, that were part of the Yeshiva Library.

This program is in partnership with the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, the Polish Institute in Tel-Aviv, the Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre in Lublin, the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Center, Liberation 75, Classrooms without Borders, and the Rabin Chair Forum at George Washington University.