The poems collected in this book were written in different circumstances, of which none were safe. Created in ghettos, camps, hiding places, forest bunkers, they were made out of great need to express and share the experiences and feelings. All of them are unique. The texts presented here have been stored in the collections of the Archive of the Jewish Historical Institute since the end of the war and have not been published before.
On 11th April, 2013, in the JHI took place a book promotion of anthologies presenting a unique literary work from 1939 through 1945 and from the post-war era, archived in the Jewish Historical Institute. They are original poems in Polish, Yiddish and Hebrew, previously unknown to Polish readers. The vast majority of them was written in camps and ghettos as well as on the co-called Aryan side. After the war they were gathered by the staff of particular committees of the Central Jewish Historical Commission, which operated in 1944–1947. The process of collecting the works was continued by the Jewish Historical Institute for many years. Both anthologies of Yiddish, Hebrew an Polish poetry concerning the Holocaust were published by the Jewish Historical Institute and were available for purchase at a promotional price during the meeting.