Testifying for the Holocaust

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This blog entry appears during the time that we mark Yom HaShoah. It is also the time of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. I am reminded of a small article which appeared on the front page [upper half] of the New York Times on April 22, 1943. The article read as follows:

I am also reminded of some of those who buried the Oyneg Shabbes archival collection which documented the destruction. (The following material appears in Sam Kassow’s magisterial book, “Who Will Write Our History?”) Israel Lichtenstein wrote on the day he buried the archives:

With Lichtenstein on that day was Nahum Grzywacz who was 18 years old. When they were burying the archives he heard his parents’ building was being blockaded. He wrote:

Also present was David Graber who was 19. As they buried the archives Graber wrote:

None of these people seem to contemplate the possibility of survival. They hungered to be remembered.

May the history we write, read, and remember attest for them. They have attested for themselves.

Deborah Lipstadt’s most recent book, “The Eichmann Trial,” is now available.

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