The Warsaw Ghetto Oyneg Shabes–Ringelblum Archive

The Warsaw Ghetto Oyneg Shabes–Ringelblum Archive

Catalog and Guide
Edited by Robert Moses Shapiro and Tadeusz Epsztein
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/11/2010
Format: Hardback 92 b&w photos, 1 map
ISBN: 978-0-253-35327-6
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Certificate of Commendation, Society of American Archivists

Retrieved after World War II from metal boxes and milk cans buried beneath the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Oyneg Shabes–Ringelblum Archive was clandestinely compiled between 1940 and 1942 under the leadership of historian Emanuel Ringelblum. Members of the secret Oyneg Shabes organization gathered thousands of testimonies from natives of Warsaw and refugees from hundreds of other localities, creating a documentary record of the wartime fate of Polish Jewry. Now housed in the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, the archive comprises some 35,000 pages, including documents, materials from the underground press, photographs, memoirs, belles lettres, and much more. This first comprehensive description of its contents is meticulously indexed to facilitate location of documents and information. By aiding access to this unique archival treasure, the catalog and guide advance study of the daily lives, struggles, and sufferings of Polish Jews at a crucial time and place in the history of the Holocaust.

Author Bio

Robert Moses Shapiro is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Tadeusz Epsztein is a longtime associate of the Polish Academy of Science's Institute of History and the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.

Samuel D. Kassow is Charles Northam Professor of History at Trinity College.

Reviews

“The Oyneg Shabes Archive is perhaps the most important collection of original material compiled by Jews during the Holocaust. . . . Conscious of the momentous times in which they lived and of the deadly peril facing the Jews of Europe, [participants in the project] were determined to chronicle all aspects of life in the ghetto to serve as a record for the future.”
 — Antony Polonsky, editor of Polin

“By aiding access to this unique archival treasure, the catalog and guide advance study of the daily lives, struggles and sufferings of Polish Jews at a crucial time and place in the history of the Holocaust. April 16, 2010”
 — Heritage Florida Jewish News

“[T]his is an important work that should be of great assistance to scholars. Fall 2010”
 — Jewish Book World

“[This] is an altogether remarkable testimony. May 2010”
 — Hadassah Magazine

“Retrieved after World War II from metal boxes and milk cans buried beneath the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Oyneg Shabes-Ringelblum Archive was clandestinely compiled between 1940 and 1942 under the leadership of historian Emanuel Ringelblum. Members of the secret Oyneg Shabes organization gathered thousands of testimonies from natives of Warsaw and refugees from hundreds of other localities, creating a documentary record of the wartime fate of Polish Jewry. Now housed in the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, the archive comprises some 35,000 pages, including documents, materials from the underground press, photographs, memoirs, belles lettres, and much more. This first comprehensive description of its contents is meticulously indexed to facilitate location of documents and information. By aiding access to this unique archival treasure, the catalog and guide advance study of the daily lives, struggles, and sufferings of Polish Jews at a crucial time and place in the history of the Holocaust. "The Oyneg Shabes Archive is perhaps the most important collection of original material compiled by Jews during the Holocaust. . . . Conscious of the momentous times in which they lived and of the deadly peril facing the Jews of Europe, [participants in the project] were determined to chronicle all aspects of life in the ghetto to serve as a record for the future." —Antony Polonsky, editor of Polin”

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Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword by Paul A. Shapiro, Eleonora Bergman, and Feliks Tych
Translator's Preface by Robert Moses Shapiro
Introduction by Samuel D. Kassow
Structure and Organization of the Ringelblum Archive and Its Catalog / Tadeusz Epsztein
Contents of the Inventory
<INDENT>Ringelblum I
<INDENT>Ringelblum II
Abbreviations
Abbreviations for Identifying Handwriting in the Inventory of the Ringelblum Archive Inventory
Catalog of Ringelblum I
Catalog of Ringelblum II
Concordances
<INDENT>Call Numbers in Ringelblum I: New Call Numbers = Old Call Numbers
<INDENT>Call Numbers in Ringelblum I: Old Call Numbers = New Call Numbers
<INDENT>Call Numbers in Ringelblum I: Oldest Call Numbers (pre-1955) = New Call Numbers
<INDENT>Call Numbers in Ringelblum II: New Call Numbers = Old Call Numbers
<INDENT>Call Numbers in Ringelblum II: Old Call Numbers = New Call Numbers
<INDENT>List of Liquidated Archival Units
Index of Names Ringelblum I
Index of Names Ringelblum II
Index of Places Ringelblum I
Index of Places Ringelblum II