In early March, we hosted a group of students from Penn Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania as a part of the second edition of the Oneg Szabat Program. Their visit to Poland lasted a week and was organized by the education department of the Jewish Historical Institute within the Oneg Szabat Program.
When our guests returned home, they have – as Ambassadors of the Oneg Szabat Program – organized an exhibition dedicated to the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Oneg Shabbat group.
Read more: Oneg Szabat Ambassadors in Poland
The exhibition was on display between 30 April and 5 May in the lobby at Penn Hillel. Participants of the program have presented photographs from their visit to Poland and shared their reflections about their stay at the Jewish Historical Institute and the memorial sites, such as the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The Ambassadors also took part in the university memorials for Holocaust Remembrance Day. During the ceremony, Yarden Wiesenfeld, a participant from last year’s program, read a personal reflection about the Ringelblum Archive.
Read more: essays of the program participants
In the program, we emphasise the element of education, especially addressed at young people. Our task, as direct successors and protectors of the Ringelblum Archive, is not only to pass knowledge about the Oneg Shabbat group and their heritage, but also finding ambassadors of this mission among young people, members of the young generations. These people, along with us, will spread knowledge about the Underground Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto.