Dr. Samuel D. Kassow, “Who Will Write Our History”

Dr. Samuel D. Kassow is the Charles Northam Professor of History at Trinity College and author of  Who Will Write Our History? Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive (Indiana University Press, 2007).  Kassow tells the story of historian Emanuel Ringelblum and his secret organization, the Oyneg Shabes, which kept a historical record of Jewish life in wartime Poland and buried the documents in tins and milk cans beneath the Warsaw Ghetto. Two caches containing thousands of these documents were discovered in 1946 and 1950. A third cache remains buried.


Kassow is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars on the Holocaust and the Jews of Poland. He served as lead historian for two of the eight galleries at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which opened in October 2014 on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Kassow also served as a consultant for the documentary film version of his book, Who Will Write Our History, which was released in 2019.


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