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Hidden History of Warsaw Ghetto is Topic of Holocaust Lecture at Ithaca College

 ITHACA, NY — The author of a book detailing the hidden history of the Warsaw Ghetto will deliver the annual Holocaust Lecture at Ithaca College on Monday, Oct. 24. Samuel Kassow will present “History and Catastrophe: Emanuel Ringelblum in the Warsaw Ghetto” at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. His talk is free and open to the public.

Kassow is the author of “Who Will Write Our History?” which tells the gripping story of Emanuel Ringelblum, a historian who established a clandestine organization in Nazi-occupied Warsaw to document and preserve the history of Jewish life in wartime Poland. As the Final Solution unfolded, Ringelblum and most of the group perished, but not before he had managed to hide thousands of documents in milk cans and tin boxes. Searchers found two of these buried caches in 1946 and 1950.

A professor of history at Trinity College, Kassow himself was born just following the war in a displaced persons’ camp in Stuttgart, Germany. He is a consultant to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which is planned to open next year on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto. His other books include “Students, Professors, and the State in Tsarist Russia” and “The Distinctive Life of East European Jewry,” published by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

The annual Holocaust Lecture is sponsored by the Jewish studies program at Ithaca College. For more information contact Rebecca Lesses, associate professor and coordinator of Jewish studies, at (607) 274-3556 or rlesses@ithaca.edu.



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