Shmuel “Arthur” Zygielbojm (1895 – 1943) was a political activist associated with the Bund socialist party; since February 1942, he had been a member of the National Council of the Polish Government in Exile in London. Facing defeat of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising he committed suicide on the night of 11–12 May 1943. Before his death he wrote the farewell letter addressed to his brother Faivel.
On 11 May 2018 the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute organized the exhibition Shmuel Zygielbojm. I can neither be silent nor live to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Shmuel Zygielbojm’s suicidal death. On the occasion of the exhibition’s opening Aveda Ayalon and Ilana Slomowitz – Faivel Zygielbojm’s daughters and Shmuel’s nieces came to Warsaw. They told us about the legacy of Shmuel Zygielbojm: the Yiddish and Bund environments that continued to exist in 1950’s and 1960’s in South Africa and Israel and also about the history of Zygielbojm family dispersed all over the world after World War II.
We invite you to watch a movie in which Aveda Ayalon and Ilana Slomowitz talk with Zuzanna Benesz-Goldfinger, curator of the exhibition „Szmul Zygielbojm. I can not keep silent and I can not”.