During World War II, Jews resisted not only with guns but with pen and paper. In the face of death, they left "time capsules" full of documents that they buried under the rubble of ghettos and death camps. This is the story of the greatest of these projects, the secret Warsaw ghetto archive organized by the historian Emanuel Ringelblum. While only 3 of the 60 members of the Ringelblum archive survived, 25,000 of their documents were found hidden in tin boxes and milk cans after the war. We invite you to hear their story.
Speaker, Samuel Kassow, Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College, holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and has lectured and taught in Mexico, Lithuania, Russia, Poland and Israel. In 1993 and 1995, the Jewish Theological Seminary asked Professor Kassow to teach Jewish history in its Project Judaica program in Moscow. In 2002, he was a Visiting Professor at Princeton. Professor Kassow has been a Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has held National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson and Danforth Fellowships and has been an IREX Fellow at Warsaw, Moscow and Leningrad Universities. He served as a consultant to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews that recently opened in Warsaw. In 2009, he was the Leon I. Mirell Visiting Professor at Harvard University and in 2013 was asked to be the Shier Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto.
Professor Kassow is the author of Students Professors and the State in Tsarist Russia: 1884-1917 (University of California Press, 1989), The Distinctive Life of East European Jewry (YIVO, 2003) and Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Secret Ghetto Archive (Indiana, 2007), a book which received the Orbis Prize and which was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. He is also co-editor of Between Tsar and People (Princeton University Press, 1993). A child of Holocaust survivors, Professor Kassow was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany.
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