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The closing of the Warsaw Ghetto
16 November 1940 was a decisive day for the Jews of Warsaw. The community of 400,000 was closed in the prison walls of the ghetto, which – as Ludwik Hering wrote in one of his short stories – cut the people off everything which could make living possible. The documents from the Ringelblum Archive are the main source of information about the feelings of the people in the ghetto, their comments on closing the walls, their fears and hopes.
Full edition of the Ringelblum Archive — book announcements
Before the end of this year, we will publish the third volume of the complete edition of the Ringelblum Archive in English – „OYNEG SHABES. PEOPLE AND WORKS”. In 2020, the JHI Press will also publish the last remaining volumes of the complete edition of the Ringelblum Archive in Polish: sermons of rabbi Kalonymus Shapira, Hashomer Hatzair press and an additional volume completing the series – additions, documents, regesta, annexes.
9th November, 1938 — a Prelude to the Holocaust
During the night of 9th November, 1938, Germany was filled with a wave of anti-Semitic pogroms.
The 446th death anniversary of Szlomo ben Jaakow Luria
Szlomo ben Jaakow Luria, also known as Maharszal (1510–1574), was the biggest rabbinical authority in Poland at the time. He died on 7 November 1573 in Lublin.
With God’s help
Kalonymus Kalman Shapira was a charismatic tzaddik from Piaseczno near Warsaw, an outstanding public speaker, an innovative teacher. Despite his personal tragedy which „had bereft him of all hope”, he didn’t abandon his mission to reinforce faith in his listeners. His sermons in the ghetto „were making a great impression and inspiring Jewish hearts”.  Shapira’s legacy in the Ringelblum Archive, which comprises textbooks for youth, sermons and private notes, remains one of the last testimonies of Hassidism in Poland.
Ethnographer of the Jewish Nation — Szymon An-sky and his lesser-known side
27 October marks the 156th anniversary of Szymon An-ski’s birth.