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Community Ed: Dr. Samuel D. Kassow “Who Will Write Our History”

October 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Please note this is a combined event with BHEC’s Teacher’s Cadre. All are welcomed and invited to attend. 

Samuel Kassow is the Charles Northam Professor of History at Trinity College and author of  Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archives (Indiana University Press, 2007).  Kassow tells the story of historian Emanuel Ringelblum and his secret organization, Oyneg Shabes, which kept a record of Jewish life in wartime Poland and buried the documents in tins and milk cans under the Warsaw Ghetto. Two caches containing thousands of documents were discovered in 1946 and 1950. A third cache remains buried. Kassow served as a consultant for the documentary film version of “Who Will Write Our History,” which was released in 2019.

He is the co-editor of Between Tsar and People (Princeton University Press, 1993) and edited In Those Nightmarish Days: The Ghetto Reportage of Peretz Opoczynski and Josef Zelkowicz (Yale University Press, 2016).

Kassow served as lead historian for two of eight galleries of the new POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which opened in October 2014 on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. He is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars on the Holocaust and the Jews of Poland.


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