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Cases being brought out of the Warsaw Ghetto containing the Ringelblum archives. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Jewish Heritage
They collected documents, diaries, manuscripts and other works created by Jews, Poles and Germans. They called their secret group Oyneg Shabbes (Sabbath Joy).
Soon after Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Oyneg Shabbes understood, as did few others, that the Nazis were engaged in the systematic murder of all Jews.
The group buried its archive to preserve it for posterity. Ten tin boxes contained the first cache, and two milk cas contained the second. The first cache was unearthed in 1946 and the second in 1950. A third cache of documents has not been found.
“Scream the Truth at the World-Emanuel Ringelblum and the Hidden Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto” was produced and is circulated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, New York City and the Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw.
Sponsors include Marcus D. Leuchter, Sterling Family Foundation, American Society for Jewish Heritage in Poland and The Bill and Helen Crowder Foundation, with special thanks to Continental Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.
The public is invited to a free preview reception at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 15, 2007.