Warsaw Ghetto Archives (Emanuel Ringelblum Archives)

Documentary heritage submitted by Poland and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 1999.

© Jewish Historical Research Institute (AZIH), Warsaw
Rozenfeld, Funeral fund, from the cycle “Pictures from the Warsaw Ghetto”

The Ringelblum Archives consist of a collection of 1680 archival units (approx. 25,000 pages) retrieved from the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto.

The Archives comprise government documents, materials concerning the ghetto resistance, testimonies of the fate of Jewish communities during the Holocaust, literature, works of art and private correspondence collected by victims of the Holocaust in order to pass on information about the Holocaust to future generations. This collection is absolutely unique, both in terms of its origin and its historic value. It mainly concerns the largest ghetto in Nazi-occupied Europe (approximately 500,000 inhabitants), but in fact it covers the whole of occupied Poland, documenting the Shoah, the fate of its Jewish community of 3.500,000 people. Nearly all the creators of the Ringelblum Archives perished, either in the ghetto or in the extermination camps.

  • Year of submission: 1999
  • Year of inscription: 1999
  • Country: Poland
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