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Who Will Write Our History? Documenting Truth in the Warsaw Ghetto

Courtesy of Katahdin Productions

Courtesy of Katahdin Productions

Global Screening and Discussion

Online registration is closed and the event has reached capacity. We do not have a waitlist. You are welcome to come to the Museum and wait to see if space is available once the pre-registered attendees are seated. We appreciate your interest in the Museum.

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, audiences in nearly 30 countries will gather to simultaneously watch Who Will Write Our History?

This documentary by Roberta Grossman and Nancy Spielberg reveals how a clandestine group in the Warsaw ghetto vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper.

Who Will Write Our History? is the first documentary on the effort code-named Oneg Shabbat. The Museum is honored to be the only Washington, DC, site for this global screening event. After watching the film, our audience will take part in a live, worldwide discussion based out of UNESCO’s Paris headquarters.

Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum, a group of journalists, scholars, and community leaders secretly documented Nazi atrocities. The clandestine team faced constant danger, including the ever-present threat of being discovered by Gestapo agents. One of Ringelblum's greatest achievements was that the Germans never stumbled on the secret. The Oneg Shabbat resistors eventually buried 60,000 pages in hopes that the archive would survive the war, even if they did not.

Live from Paris:
Roberta Grossman, director and producer, Who Will Write Our History
Nancy Spielberg, executive producer, Who Will Write Our History
Samuel Kassow, Charles H. Northam Professor of History, Trinity College, and author, Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive (2007)
Stephen Smith (moderator), executive director, USC Shoah Foundation

In Washington, DC:
Peter Feigl, Holocaust survivor and Museum volunteer

Join the conversation online using #WeRemember and #USHMM.

This program is free and open to the public but reservations are required. For more information, please contact

Please note that the program's end time may be subject to change.

Special thanks to our organizing partner, The National Center for Jewish Film