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Warsaw Ghetto: The story of its secret archive

Throughout the bitter days of the Warsaw Ghetto, a clandestine group of researchers compiled a vast archive detailing every aspect of life in this prison city built and then obliterated by the Nazis. Led by a historian, Emanuel Ringelblum, the group then buried the archive for for future generations.

On the hot night of 3 August 1942, 19-year-old David Graber signed his name on a piece of paper and put it inside a metal box at 68 Nowolipki Street, in the heart of the Warsaw Ghetto.

“I would love to see the moment in which the great treasure will be dug up and scream the truth at the world,” he wrote. “May the treasure fall into good hands, may it last into better times, may it alarm and alert the world to what happened… in the 20th Century… May history be our witness.”

via BBC News – Warsaw Ghetto: The story of its secret archive.

January 28, 2013 - Posted by | This Day In History |

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