The building of Jewish Historical Institute was sent back in time to 1942 yesterday, when the crew shooting the documentary „Who Will Write Our History” was filming on the original location of the events that took place in the Warsaw Ghetto.
The screenplay of the documentary is based on Samuel Kassow’s book of the same title. It tells the story of the people involved in clandestine organization „Oneg Shabbat” which was documenting the lives and extermination of Polish Jews during German occupation. It operated under cover of Jewish Self-Help situated in the very same building in which Jewish Historical Institute is based today. The effect of „Oneg Shabbat” activities was the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto, so called „Ringelblum Archive”, consisting of testimonies on lives and extermination of Jews in German occupied Poland. The Archive was buried in three locations shortly before the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising broke out. After the war two of its parts were found and excavated. The location of the third part is still unknown.
Documentary was written and is being directed by Roberta Grossman. Its executive producer is Nancy Spielberg, younger sister of Steven Spielberg. Starring as Emanuel Ringelblum is Piotr Głowacki, Ringelblum’s wife, Judyta, is Karolina Grusza while Wojciech Zieliński is casted as Abraham Lewin, one of Ringelblum’s associates.
The documentary is set for release in 2017.