About the Program

The Oneg Szabat Program is a multiannual plan for activities aimed at popularizing knowledge about the Oneg Shabbat group, commemorating its members and making the contents of the Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto (known as the Ringelblum Archive) available in Poland and internationally.

The program began on 18 September 2017, on the 71st anniversary of unearthing the first part of the Archive from the ruins of the school at 68 Nowolipki Street, and it will continue until 2025.

Emanuel Ringelblum and his collaborators from the Oneg Shabbat group resisted the Germans with pencil and paper. They documented the horrors of daily life in the Warsaw Ghetto and the tragedy of all Jews during the Shoah. The purpose of their struggle was to preserve the authenticity of those memories for future generations. This was how the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto (known as the Ringelblum Archive) was born.  It survived in hiding and was miraculously discovered amid the ruins of Warsaw after the war.  It is now stored in the building of the former Central Jewish Library, the same place where the Oneg Shabbat group held their meetings, protected and studied by the Jewish Historical Institute

Our mission is to preserve the memory of the Shoah and the decimated Jewish cultures – the legacy passed on to us by Dr. Ringelblum. The Archive and the history of its creation and survival are part of the memory of the world. Our goal is to facilitate access to the Archive worldwide as well as to spread knowledge about its content and creators as broadly as possible.

The Oneg Szabat Program implemented by the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, within a public-private partnership.