Today and tomorrow (22nd-23rd April) in the Educational Center in the Institute of National Remembrance, a conference entitled "Being a witness to the Holocaust” will be held. The conference is dedicated to the memory of Szmul Zygielbojm — a Bund’s politician and since 1942 a member of National Council of Poland in London.
The co-organizers of the symposium include Jewish Historical Institute, Polish Center for Holocaust Research, Institute of National Remembrance and Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation.
On the 70th anniversary of the uprisings in ghettos and extermination camps, we want to focus on the accounts of the witnesses who experienced the Holocaust firsthand. Their silence, helplessness and even indifference. The academics are going to analyze the attitude of different religions towards the Holocaust. Participation in the conference is also an opportunity to listen to various papers on European resistance movements as well as behaviour among the Dauch, Romanian and Ukrainian communities.
On 23rd April (Tuesday), on the second day of the conference, a paper entitled „Witnesses to the Holocaust, an account of the underground archive collection from ghettos in Warsaw and Białystok” will be presented by our researcher and archivist, Aleksandra Bańkowska.
I’m going to talk about the documents from JHI’s collection of the archives from two ghettos, in Warsaw and Białystok. The Białystok archive was established at the end of 1942. It includes mainly accounts of the extermination of Jews. We can find there accounts by the escapees from extermination camps and even mass executions. Olga Bańkowska invites you to participate in the conference.
More information on the website devoted to the events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Resistance and the Holocaust