Who Will Write Our History

7.41 h 36 min201813+
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars, and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with the ultimate weapon: the truth.
Roberta Grossman
Joan AllenAdrien BrodyJowita Budnik
Faith and SpiritualityDocumentarySpecial Interest
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Piotr Glowacki
Roberta GrossmanNancy Spielberg
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Nordic ArtisanReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2020
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The Humanity of This Video Moved Me Like Few Others Have
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What an amazing account of what the Jewish people of the Warsaw Ghetto experienced. I have read and seen vast amounts of information about the holocaust, so I did not approach this documentary as someone with no knowledge of that history. I never-the-less found this experience different than most of the other information from which I have learned. In this case, I felt like I was given the privileged to see deep into the minds hearts and lives (of thee people), in a way that was both haunting and intellectually stimulating at the same time. At one point I felt like the secrets of their hearts were laid open...bare, and that viewing them from the comfortable distance of the future was almost act of irreverence. Yet, the main reason they established the archive was so that we wold know what they went through. There is so much to be learned by what these brave people did to save their story for posterity.
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Just breath Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2020
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Incredible documentary that everyone should see
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Emanuel Ringelblum was prophetic. He was a Jewish historian in Warsaw at start of World War II. He saw that times were changes and that Jewish people were being persecuted. He recognized that the story of the Jewish people was being usurped by the Nazi regime. He recruited a group of documentarians to create a living archive of live in the Warsaw Ghetto. This documentary tells his remarkable story. It is a triumphant description of how a committed individual can lead a team to defy an oppressive entity to immortalize the Jewish heritage. It is careful and glorious and the outcome of the story is nothing short of unimaginable.
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Midi ManReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2019
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The voices heard from within the Warsaw Ghetto.
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Gave an insight to what it was really like within the Warsaw Ghetto. What humans did to one another ... absolutely chilling... yet amongst the brutality there were hero’s, truly courageous individuals. This was VERY WELL DONE! This CANNOT happen again!
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Wes FReviewed in the United States on July 28, 2019
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A warning from the past relevant today
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An untold story of tremendous import. As we move farther and farther away from the events I’m WWII, it becomes easy to forget and strive to prevent the behavior that the Germans did. All one needs to do is look to the government’s behavior in our name going on at our southern border to see what I mean.
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L FarleyReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2019
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Should be watched by everyone!
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Very well put together documentary about the horrific time in world history. Much based on diaries kept by people suffering through this horror. Well worth the time and minimal cost to watch.
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CoyoteReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2019
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Exceptionally moving and poignant.
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I've seen many documentaries and movies about the Holocaust and this one was exceptionally well done. I did not know much about the archive and am now tearfully humbled by its grave importance and the risks the devoted authors of the Oyneg Shabes took to produce this precious record of a lost people.
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Mark IsaacsReviewed in the United States on May 23, 2020
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The Horror Of The Nazis
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As someone who had to interview survivors of the Shoah, this story is not new to me. I can only say that for anyone interested in this tragic treatment of the Jews in Poland. This documentary is a must-see. It is told in a very thoughtful as well as poignant manner. I would give it 6 stars if I could. For $4 it's a steal.
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Renee LangerReviewed in the United States on January 8, 2020
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History is the best story
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This documentary was very touching and very informative. There are many stories about life in the ghettos of WW2 but this was both new to me and very uplifting.
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