The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland have the honour to invite you to the permanent exhibition dedicated to the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto and its creators – the Oneg Shabbat group.
For the first time in 70 years, we present original documents of the Archive – one of the most important testimonies of the Holocaust of Polish Jews, as well as one of two authentic containers in which the documents were buried underground. The Archive, unearthed in two parts in 1946 and 1950, has become a part of the world’s memory.
The title of the exhibition, What we’ve been unable to shout out to the world, is a quote from the last will of 19-year old David Graber, one of three people who hid the first part of the Archive in the basement of the Nowolipki 68 (Ber Borochov Jewish secular primary school before World War II). The archive was buried in the ground during the extermination action in Warsaw.
The main subject of the exhibition will be the activity of Oneg Shabbat (Hebrew: The Joy of Sabbath), a secret group active in the Warsaw Ghetto, and the story of the unique archive they created – from its beginnings until present day. History recorded on the pages of the Archive tells the story of its authors. We want to allow them to speak after 70 years. The founder and main creator of the Archive was a historian — dr Emanuel Ringelblum. Oneg Shabbat’s work, a proof of intellectual and spiritual resistance, was made according to scientific guidelines, with care for objectivity and language diligence.
The exhibition presents documents, letters and testaments left by people who were about to die, accounts of witnesses and genocide victims – all hidden in one of the ghetto basements, by people who risked their own lives. These accounts, which contain pain and suffering of individual persons, have been collected and archived in a salvaged building of the Main Judaistic Library, currently – the home of the JHI.
The title of the exhibition, What we were unable to shout out to the world, is a quote from the testament left by Dawid Graber, a 19-year old who participated in hiding the first part of the Archive during the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto. While burying the Archive, he wrote: One of the streets next to us has been already blocked. The moods are horrible. We expect the worst. We’re in a hurry. […] Goodbye. I hope we will manage to bury it. […] What we were unable to shout out to the world, we buried in the ground. [Monday, 3 August , 4 PM]
The Ringelblum Archive is considered to be one of the most siginificant archive complexes. It was included on UNESCO’s Memory of the World list in 1999.
The exhibition is curated by Professor Paweł Śpiewak.
Due to available space and specificity of the exhibition, only up to 35 visitors can be let in at a single visit. We advise online booking and selection of the most convenient visiting time.
The guided tour of the exhibition takes place twice a day from Monday to Friday: at 11 in English and at 2 PM in Polish.
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Last entry: 5 p.m.
- Standard ticket – 12zł (individual ticket), 10zł (group ticket)
- Reduced price ticket– 7zł (individual ticket), 6 zł (group ticket)
- Guided tour PL – 20zł
- Guided tour EN – 30zł
On Sundays admission to the exhibitions is free of charge.
We ask you kindly to make free ticket reservations on www.tickets.jhi.pl as the limit of people visiting the exhibition for a given hour is only 35 people. You will receive a free ticket by e-mail!
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The exhibition is one of the key events of the Oneg Szabat program – a multiannual program of events commemorating the Ringelblum Archive and the Oneg Shabbat group, launched by the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland. The program is implemented within a public-private partnership.