Shades of Heroism:
Women's Experiences in the Holocaust

Resistance during the Holocaust took on many forms. We are familiar with the uprisings and revolts, and the heroic sacrifices of Jewish men and women throughout the war. Jewish resistance had many facets: physical, cultural, religious, and educational. The Ringelblum Archive takes us into the lives of the Oneg Shabbat members who collected materials, ephemera, art, and their own diaries.

In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we would like to honor the brave Jewish women who actively resisted and, unfortunately, still remain underrepresented. 

We will be joined by two acclaimed scholars, Dr. Katarzyna Person and Dr. Karolina Szymaniak, who will share the stories of women during the Holocaust as recorded and preserved in the Ringelblum Archive.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

PST: 11:30 a.m.

CST: 1:30 p.m.

EST: 2:30 p.m.

UK: 7:30 p.m.

CET: 8:30 p.m.

Israel: 9:30 p.m.

Katarzyna Person is a historian of Eastern European Jewish History working in the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, where she leads the Ringelblum Archive publishing project. She was awarded a post-doctoral degree from the Polish Academy of Science. Katarzyna Person has written a number of articles on the Holocaust and its aftermath in occupied Europe. Her most recent book, Warsaw Ghetto Police. The Jewish Order Service during the Nazi Occupation was published by the Cornell University Press in 2021.

Karolina Szymaniak is Assistant Professor of Yiddish studies at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland, and at Wrocław University’s Taube Jewish Studies Department. She is an academic advisor to the Center for Yiddish Culture in Warsaw, a researcher, editor, translator and language instructor. Her research interests are focused on modern Yiddish literature and female Jewish artists and thinkers. Dr. Szymaniak is on the staff at the Zuzanna Ginczanka High School in Warsaw.