David G. Roskies, Samuel D. Kassow (2019)

Voices from the Warsaw Ghetto: writing our history

Publishing house Yale University Press
Place of publication New Haven; London
Page references 247
Language English

ISBN: 9780300236729

The powerful writings and art of Jews living in the Warsaw Ghetto

Hidden in metal containers and buried underground during World War II, these works from the Warsaw Ghetto record the Holocaust from the perspective of its first interpreters, the victims themselves. Gathered clandestinely by an underground ghetto collective called Oyneg Shabes, the collection of reportage, diaries, prose, artwork, poems, jokes, and sermons captures the heroism, tragedy, humor, and social dynamics of the ghetto. Miraculously surviving the devastation of war, this extraordinary archive encompasses a vast range of voices – young and old, men and women, the pious and the secular, optimists and pessimists – and chronicles different perspectives on the topics of the day while also preserving rapidly endangered cultural traditions. Described by David G. Roskies as "a civilization responding to its own destruction," these texts tell the story of the Warsaw Ghetto in real time, against time, and for all time.

(From the publisher's website.)