The Ringelblum Archive commemoration was timed to coincide with the 78th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on Monday.
Oneg Shabbat, a coalition of historians, authors, poets, and social activists headed by Emanuel Ringelblum, gathered the information — from papers and diaries to leaflets, paintings, and even candy wrappers — recording the atrocities in the ghetto and stored it underground in metal boxes and milk cans. The most of the archives have been discovered.
The monument at 28 Nowolipki St., built by ukasz Mieszkowski and Marcin Urbanek, revolves around a translucent cube housing a replica of an archival record.
Due to the pandemic, no official ceremony was organized. But the groups involved in the project — among them the Stacja Muranow Association, which educates locals on Warsaw Ghetto history, and the city’s Association of the Jewish Historical Institute, dedicated to research on the Ringelblum Archive — released an eight-minute video about it on YouTube.
“This is important for Poland, important for Warsaw residents and this is important for the whole Jewish community, wherever it may be,” said Piotr Wiślicki, president of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute. “During the building of this commemoration, we discovered old artifacts from the Warsaw ghetto times. They will be deposited in a special display cabinet in Jewish Historical Institute.”
Soon after the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, they forced nearly 500,000 Jews to live in unsanitary quarters in what came to be known as the Warsaw Ghetto. Most were murdered or died of starvation or disease.
There are also plans to honor the Oneg Shabbat group with a monument at Warsaw’s Jewish cemetery, AFP reported.