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The Oneg Shabbat Archive Collections: The Wills of Israel Lichtenstein and Gele Sekstein

“Don't Allow Such Ruin to Recur”


With the beginning of the Great Deportation of Warsaw Jewry to the Treblinka extermination camp, members of the clandestine Oneg Shabbat (“Joy of the Sabbath”) Archive sought shelter for the Archive and decided that it was to be buried, despite the risks involved. Their hope was that it would one day be retrieved and serve as a testament to the murder of Polish Jewry. The archival collections included original research, testimonies and documents, newspapers, diaries, photographs, and artworks. Among those entrusted with the task of burying the Archive were two educators, Israel Lichtenstein and his wife, painter Gele Sekstein. Shortly before burying the Archives, they added their own wills, describing their lives and lamenting the fate of Europe’s Jews.

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    Archival footage, photographs and documents:
    - Yad Vashem Archives
    - Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw
    - Ghetto Fighters' House Archives, Israel
    - 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
    - Footage of the Warsaw Ghetto, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
    - Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    - Agentur Karl Höffkes
    - The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Music (Beeld en Geluid)

    - Samuel D. Kassow, Who Will Write Our History? : Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto, Indiana University Press, 2009, pp. 142, 154, 190, 253.
    - Emanuel Ringelblum, Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto: The Journal of Emmanuel Ringelblum, trans. Jacob Sloan, New York: Ibooks, 2006, p. 86.
    - 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. 183-4.

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    Director: Mika Orr
    Producer: Gili Nadav
    Editor: Ekaterina Diakova
    Production design & After effects: Ohad Elimelech
    Sound Editorr: Itai Matos
    Online Editor: Dima Lydkhov
    Narrator: Ross - The Voice Realm
    Narration of Israel Lichtenstein: Michael - The Voice Realm
    Narration of Gala Zakstein: Joy Pincus
    Produced by Mikooka Productions -