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Oyneg Shabbes
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Term for the underground archive established in 1940 in the Warsaw ghetto. The aim of the group, which was started by the Polish-Jewish historian Emanuel Ringelblum (1900–1944), was the documentation of Jewish life in German-occupied Poland. For camouflage, and because the archive’s executive committee convened for its weekly meeting every Saturday afternoon, the name chosen was Oyneg Shabbes, Yiddish for “joy of Shabbat.” Up to 60 people worked f…

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Kassow, Samuel, “Oyneg Shabbes”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 01 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0609>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312

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