The chief rabbi of Poland, Rabbi Michael Schudrich, met with the Polish president Lech Kaczynski this week after the rabbi was attacked with pepper spray by a lunatic screaming “Poland for the Poles” on a street in Warsaw.
This summer, The National Yiddish Book Center will be hosting Screaming the Truth at the World: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Hidden Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto. The exhibit showcases high-quality reproductions of fifty artifacts found in the rubble of the Warsaw Ghetto. The artifacts themselves were collected by an underground group of Jewish cultural activists. Between 1939 and 1943, Oyneg Shabbes, as they were called, amassed 3 vessels filled with Jewish Warsaw’s material culture, one of which was never found in the rubble. The Ringelblum Archive itself, as the collection came to be named, is now housed at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, not too far from the spot where Rabbi Shudrich was attacked last week.
It’s a pretty ride, so if you’re in the area (Boston, New York, Hartford), take a trip up to Amherst and check out the exhibit and all the other events going on this summer.
And don’t forget to say hello to Jewschool contributor/2006 Book Center intern Asaf!