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Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw | Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Name: Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw

Historical Note:

The Jewish Historical Institute is a research institution in Warsaw dealing with the history of Jews in Poland.

The Jewish Historical Institute was created in 1947 as a continuation of the Central Jewish Historical Commission, founded in 1944. In 2009 it was named after Emanuel Ringelblum. The Institute is a repository of documentary materials relating to the Jewish historical presence in Poland. It is also a center for academic research, study and the dissemination of knowledge about the history and culture of Polish Jewry.

The most valuable part of the collection is the Warsaw Ghetto Archive, known as the Ringelblum Archive. It contains about 6000 documents.

Other important collections related to the Second World War include testimonies, memoirs and diaries and documents from the Jewish Councils (Judenraete).

The Section on the documents of Jewish historical sites holds about 40 thousands photographs concerning Jewish life and culture in Poland.

The Institute has published a series of documents from the Ringelblum Archive, as well as numerous wartime memoirs and diaries.

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