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The Great Deportation in the Warsaw Ghetto - Abraham Lewin’s Diary

“We Are the Tiny Remnants of the Greatest Jewish Community in the World”


Abraham Lewin, an educator and a member of the clandestine Oneg Shabbat (“Joy of the Sabbath”) Archive maintained a diary depicting the wartime events in the Warsaw ghetto. It is rare in that it covers in real time the Great Deportation of the summer 1942, during which some 265,000 Jews were deported to their deaths in Treblinka, and some 10,000 were murdered within the ghetto. Abraham Lewin survived the Great Deportation and continued documenting the tragic events of the ghetto until his capture by the Nazis.

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    Archival footage, photographs and documents:
    - Yad Vashem Archives
    - Ghetto Fighters' House Archives, Israel
    - Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw
    - Agentur Karl Höffkes
    - Footage of the discovery of the Oneg Shabbat underground archive from "Mir Leben Geblibene - We the Living Remnant" (Poland, 1947), courtesy of Natan and Ya'akov Gross
    - Photo Archive, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    - The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Music (Beeld en Geluid)
    - Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

    - Abraham Lewin, A Cup of Tears: A Diary of the Warsaw Ghetto, ed. Antony Polonsky, trans. Christopher Hutton, (New York, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1988). pp. 135-137, 139, 141, 151-156, 162, 166, 177, 179, 183-184, 186, 206-207.

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    Supervising Director: Mika Orr
    Producer: Gili Nadav
    Director and Editor: Shimon Spector
    Production design & After effects: Ohad Elimelech
    Sound Editor: Itai Matos
    Online Editor: Dima Lydkhov
    Narration of Avraham Lewin Narration: Michael Harpaz
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