SUMMIT, NJ - Telling the story of how the Jews of the Warsaw ghetto risked everything so that their archive would survive -- even if they did not -- the award-winning documentary 'Who Will Write Our History' will be screened April 21, beginning at 5 p.m., in an event hosted by the Film Society of Summit.
Based on the book by Samuel D. Kassow, 'Who Will Write Our History' is about historian Emanuel Ringelblum, who gathered a secret band of journalists, scholars, and artists imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto to collect and record the story of the war from the Jewish point of view.
Known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, their goal was to defy their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon: the truth.
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. Led by Ringelblum, the clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary. Written, produced and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, 'Who Will Write Our History' mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters.
Dr. Joanna Sliwa, Historian at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), will lead a post-screening Q&A. Previously Sliwa worked at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Her own research focuses on the Holocaust in Poland and on modern Polish Jewish history.
The program will be held at MONDO, located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Tickets, priced at $12 in advance and $14 at the door, can be reserved by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or purchased at the venue. Seating is limited.