“What we’ve been unable to shout out to the world” permanent exhibition

In November 2017, we opened a permanent exhibition "What we’ve been unable to shout out to the world”, where we show the original documents of the Archive for the first time; one of two authentic containers in which the documents were buried underground. We also present the profiles of individual people of Oneg Shabbat and their contribution to the underground work.

The exhibition opening was attended by the President, the First Lady, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, deputy ambassador of Israel, representative of UNESCO, other high state and religious officials, diplomatic corps, and representatives of Jewish foundations and organizations from the entire world.

The main subject of the exihibition is activity of particular members of the Oneg Shabbat group and the story of the Archive they created together – from its beginning until today. The exhibition aims to present this unique collection, as well as the history of the group, thanks to which it survived in the context of historical events that they witnessed.

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.

In the first month, the exhibition was visited by over 5,500 visitors.


Curator | Paweł Śpiewak
Co-curator | Anna Duńczyk-Szulc
Exhibition designers | Aneta Faner, Piotr Duma
Cooperation | Zuzanna Benesz-Goldfinger, Jarosław Kubicki, Sławomir Różański
Authors of the Oneg Szabat Program  | Jolanta Hercog, Krzysztof A. Rozen


Traveling exhibitions

Direct contact with original historical documents is a powerful experience for visitors, but not everyone can travel to Warsaw. That is why the history of the Archive and its creators will be presented within the framework of a traveling exhibition. When told jointly by the curators of the Jewish Historical Institute and the hosting institutions, the story of the Ringelblum Archive and of the Oneg Shabbat can really impact the international audience. The design of the traveling exhibition is a direct reference to „What we’ve been unable to shout out to the world”, the permanent exhibition of the Jewish Historical Institute.


Temporary exhibitions

We are also developing temporary exhibitions which will be shown in the exhibition hall of the former Main Judaic Library in Warsaw.

More about our exhibitions