Sunday 27 October 2019
Presented by the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies, a Film Screening and Q&A: Who Will Write Our History?
with Prof Antony Polonsky, Emeritus Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University and
Chief Historian of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda, not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary. Written, produced, and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, Who Will Write Our History mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters. They defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon – the truth – and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.
In this moving new film, their story is told in the documentary featuring the voices of three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award winner Adrien Brody.
In English, and in Yiddish and Polish with English subtitles, the film lasts 95 minutes.
Venue: Phoenix Cinema, 52 High Road, East Finchley, London N2 9PJ