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Holocaust Memorial Day Event: Investigating Life for Jewish People Trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto by Dr Avril Alba

Holocaust Memorial Day Event: Investigating Life for Jewish People Trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto by Dr Avril Alba

Thursday 19 January 2023 7pm in the Lady Chapel

The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of the Nazi ghettos during World War Two and the Holocaust. It was established in November 1940 and, at its height, as many as 460,000 Jews were imprisoned there. In the summer of 1942, at least 254,000 ghetto residents were sent to the Treblinka extermination camp. The ghetto was demolished by the Germans in May 1943 after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising had temporarily halted the deportations. Buried in milk cans and tin boxes under the rubble of the Warsaw ghetto, the Oyneg Shabbes archive constitutes the largest collection of Jewish writing about the ghetto. The compilation of the archive was both an everyday and extraordinary act of courage and defiance that has bequeathed to us knowledge that otherwise would have perished alongside its creators. This lecture will discuss the origins and content of the archive and its implications for remembering the Holocaust today.

This event is free of charge. Advance booking not required.

 

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Dr Avril Alba is Associate Professor of Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation at the University Of Sydney, Australia.