No beautiful museum in the center of Jerusalem, no teams of dedicated scholars mining the scrolls for historical and spiritual information. And yet, the sacred texts that rose from the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto remain largely silent and obscure. Indeed, to this day, almost no one knows about the Oyneg Shabes Archive or the remarkable man who created it, Emanuel Ringelblum.

Discovered in 1946 and 1950, the thousands of surviving documents of the Archive were housed in underfunded conditions in the Jewish Historical Institute of Warsaw for decades. Written in Yiddish and Polish and largely untranslated, the Archives remained largely unknown outside of academic circles. Only in 1990 was funding available to apply modern preservation techniques on the crumbling treasure. According to Peter Miller, writing a review of historian Samuel Kassow's 2007 seminal work on the Archive, Who Will Write Our History?, "During those long years, Ringelblum's Archive lay in the ground, or in restoration baths, or in closed cupboards, waiting, waiting, waiting." Finally, in 2007, Indiana University Press published Kassow's book and, according to Miller, Kassow is the first to give a picture of the whole project, and of its amazing chief protagonist. For all these reasons, this book—itself an act of historical rescue—is a work of tremendous significance.

In 2013, Indiana University Press and Professor Kassow agreed to option the rights to make a documentary film based on his book to filmmaker Roberta Grossman. Now, 70 years after the hasty burial of the Archives on the eve of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the voices of the Oyneg Shabes Archive will finally be heard in the new feature-length documentary Who Will Write Our History.

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In the News

April 5, 2017

Nancy Spielberg discusses Who Will Write Our History at Temple Israel in Palm Beach.—Palm Beach Daily News.

April 2, 2017 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Katahdin Productions Receives NEH Production Grant for Who Will Write Our History.—Read Press Release.

Warsaw ghetto’s secret archive goes Hollywood.—The Times of Israel.

February 1, 2017

Stories For A Ghetto Shabbos: Film wraps on an underground Shoah archive.—The New York Jewish Week, The Times of Israel.

Warsaw ghetto’s secret archive goes Hollywood.—The Times of Israel.

April 25, 2016

Steven Spielberg fund, Righteous Persons, backs Who Will Write Our History.

April 18, 2016

Principal photography set for May 2016 in Poland...

January 7, 2016

Who Will Write Our History receives NEH funding...

July 21, 2015

Katahdin Production's IndieGogo crowdfunding campaign for Who Will Write Our History reaches and surpasses $100,000 goal...

february 17, 2015

Joan Allen joins Who Will Write Our History as voice of Rachel Auerbach ...

february 11, 2015

Connecticut Jewish Ledger has a conversation with filmmakers Spielberg and Grossman ...

january 27, 2015

Haaretz article features Who Will Write Our History. "Roberta Grossman's upcoming documentary sheds light on a secret society's nonviolent resistance to the Nazis ...

Underground Ghetto newspaper

Articles of Interest

march 24, 2017

The Australian Jewish News Nancy (Spielberg) goes above and beyond."

september 20, 2016

Haaretz Rokhl Kafrissen article, "Women historians who are guardians of Shoah memory."

july 15, 2016

The Jewish Post and Opinion Miriam Zimmerman article, "A Treasure Trove in the Warsaw Ghetto."

may 17, 2016

The Jewish Week explores "The New Suburban Auteurs," including director Roberta Grossman...

november, 2015

West Hartford Life article about Who Will Write Our History featuring author Sam Kassow and director Roberta Grossman ...

june 24, 2015

The Jewish Post & News interviews Roberta Grossman about Who Will Write Our History ...

january 21, 2015

The Jewish Daily Forward reviews "The Eichman Show" ...

january 27, 2015

The Vancouver Sun's Movie Guide features a Q & A with filmmaker and Executive Producer of Who Will Write Our History, Nancy Spielberg ...

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Film FAQs

february 2017

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Our Supporters Comment

“It is critical, especially seventy years later in this, the age of Holocaust deniers, that this unusual trove of Jewish history is documented and shared.”

Gale Epstein President, Co-founder and Creative Director at Hanky Panky, Ltd.

Our Supporters Comment

“To see justice served by bringing Ringelblum's work public will be very powerful and is extremely important.”

Al Berg Al and Gayle Berg Foundation

Our Supporters Comment

"We owe it to the courageous men and women of the Archive, who labored in real time to document and memorialize the life and death struggle of the largest Jewish community in Europe, to tell this story."

David Roskies Author, editor, and scholar

Our Supporters Comment

“All of Roberta Grossman’s films are excellent, so we’re very excited to support her latest endeavor.
Hurry and finish, so we can screen it at our festival!

Julie Hoffman & Ara RubyanBaton Rouge Jewish Film Festival