On Jan. 27th the Jewish Studies Program screened the film “Who Will Write Our History“. Northeastern students and faculty were joined by member of the public as we participated in the Global Screening Event as part of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The film tells the story of the clandestine group Oyneg Shabbes which created and preserved an archive of Jewish life in the Warsaw ghetto, two thirds of which were recovered after the war. The film offers a glimpse into the array of materials of the archive, and shares contemporaneous experience through snippets of diaries and other writings. We are thus powerfully reminded not only of the horrifying conditions of existence inside the Warsaw ghetto but also learn of what they knew of events beyond the ghetto walls, of their heroism, of their philosophical and ethical quandaries, and of their determination to preserve their own version of history.
Prof. Lori Lefkovitz, Director of the Jewish Studies Program, led a discussion afterwards for those who wished to reflect on this powerful film.
Many thanks go to Jewish Studies student Jessie Sigler for her vision and hard work to bring this film to Northeastern, and to our co-sponsors University Library and Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Committee.