Memory of the World Register – UNESCO represented at the official opening of the Jewish Historical Institute of Warsaw Permanent Exhibition

21 November 2017

WARSAW - A new permanent exhibition “What We Were Unable to Shout Out to the World” has opened at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland.  The collection presents important documents from the Emanuel Ringelblum Archives, also known as the Warsaw Ghetto Archives, which have been included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register since 1999.

This notable permanent exhibition, which was opened by the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, contains evidence of ghetto resistance, testimonies of life in the ghetto, literature, works of art and private correspondence collected by the clandestine group Oneg Shabbat lead by historian Emanuel Ringelblum.  The exhibition is significant in that it presents to the public original documents originating in the largest ghetto in Nazi-occupied Europe, and documenting the fate of Poland’s Jewish community of 3.500,000 people.  It forms one of the most important testimonies about the destruction of Polish Jews; both due to its diversity and the documentary value of its collected materials, but also as a record of the horrors of the Holocaust as seen by the victims  themselves.

UNESCO was represented at the opening with a speech from Karel Fracapane of the Education Sector.