Call for Papers EHRI Conference: Research and Preservation of the Secret Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto

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Monday, 9 July, 2018

Call for Papers | Invitation to a Conference within the Framework of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI)

6 December 2018 | Location: The Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland


We would like to invite you to a one-day conference on Research and Preservation of the Secret Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto, to be held at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, on 6 December 2018. The conference will take place with the participation of archives, archivists and Holocaust-centered institutions in Poland.

The main theme of the conference is Oneg Shabbat and the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto. This collection is one of the most important testimonies about the Holocaust of Polish Jews – not only due to the diversity and documentary value of the collected materials. More than anything, it is a record of the Holocaust as seen by its victims. It consists of the documents gathered by the Oneg Shabbat, a group of people, founded by Emanuel Ringelblum, who documented the life and death of the Warsaw Ghetto.

We would like to invite papers concerning those topics, as well as presentations on other subjects connected to the Secret Archive, such as the history of the people mentioned in the documents, data gathered by the Oneg Shabbat members, as well as topics on the process of preservation of the sources of the Archive. In addition, papers showing the usage of modern tools, such as EHRI, will be gladly welcomed.

In addition to expanding knowledge on the Oneg Shabbat Archives, the conference aims at highlighting various aspects of the EHRI project and the EHRI Portal.

In the framework of the conference, we plan to include a lecture, several short presentations, an introduction to EHRI and a guided tour to the Jewish Historical Institute exhibition "What we were unable to shout out to the world", fully devoted to Oneg Shabbat.

You are encouraged to submit proposals for papers/presentations, as well as to register to attend the conference as an active audience.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 1 September 2018.

The full programme together with the list of the panellists will be available in September.

The language of the conference is English.

Please send a filled in form together with a draft of your presentation to The presentations should not exceed 20 minutes.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask:

Download the call and registration form.

Image: ©Jewish Historical Institute. Logo with milk can from the exhibition. The Ringelblum archive was hidden in two milk cans and boxes.