by The end of 1940, in appalling conditions in the Warsaw ghetto crammed living Jews quickly lost all illusions. The monstrous Plan of the German Okkupatoren to murder all of the Jews systematically, and was soon no longer be overlooked. The murderers, the power of Interpretation to be left on these acts, the propaganda films about dehumanized showed shown of the Jews, whereupon the delivery – gave a group of courageous people within the ghettos unbearable. So flocked the young, left historian Emanuel Ringelblum, officially as an employee of the aid organization Joint Distribution Committee in the ghetto, danger to life, a group of Intellectuals (including at least selectively Marcel Reich-Ranicki, like in the movie is not mentioned), to document the life and Suffering of the Jewish population, as well as – more and more – the gigantic crimes of the occupiers.
the creation of The base archive at the 22. In November 1940 under the Code name Oneg Shabbat, delight in the Sabbath, was a world-historical fact, in the awareness that the writing would be stronger than barbarism. With a time capsule, the victim took up the battle for the reminder. Historiographically Ringelblums was everyday and mentality history of the club approach to ultra-modern. According to the model of the Vilna YIVO archive for the study of the cultural history of Eastern European Jewry, the employees all culture accumulated historically meaningful announcements to labels on the products, from poems to diaries. Today in the Jewish Historical Institute of Warsaw, kept the collection includes about 30000 sheets and heard for twenty years to the Unesco world document heritage.
The impressive international co-production, “created a secret archive in the Warsaw ghetto”, with the participation of Arte and NDR, tells the story of this archive-from the creation to the re-discovery of the buried metal boxes and milk cans beneath a mountain of Debris of the burned-out ghetto in 1946 and 1950. Directed by Roberta Grossman, a Jewish history specialist film-maker from Los Angeles who has experience in order to stage impressive activists in a way that you raised yourself emotionally and feel well informed and never patronized. Underlying here is the renowned study “Ringelblums legacy” of the American historian Samuel D. Kassow 2007 (German version of 2010). Kassow is also seen in the expert Interview, these overlays are sparsely used. Primarily part-coloured) of the original (recordings and elaborate game scenes, which were covered with the usual Patina, but unobtrusive, because they are played for a documentary is unusually nuanced. Even the permanent Change of the protagonists between the Polish and the Yiddish comes across as authentic.