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Daily Life in the Warsaw Ghetto

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Who Will Write Our History? Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto, by Saul Kassow, tells the amazing story of the Oyneg Shabes, the archive compiled by Polish Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Second World War.

This sought to chronicle the everyday lives of ordinary people in these extraordinary and tragic circumstances, and was maintained by a network of collaborators under the leadership of its founder, Emanuel Ringelblum.

Almost as remarkable as the fact of the archive’s compilation was the fact that it survived, large sections of it being recovered from the ruins of Warsaw between 1946 and 1950.

This story is told in greater depth in Sam Johnson’s detailed review of Kassow’s book, available here on Reviews in History.