26 KWIETNIA: Women and civil and armed resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto

Upamiętniamy 79. rocznicę powstania w getcie w Warszawie, 26 kwietnia w Sztokholmie, godz. 18:30, stacjonarnie  

Tuesday, april 26, 2022, 18.30, in English 

Everyday Heroism: 

Women and civil and armed resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto  

Katherine Hauptman  in conversation with Karolina Szymaniak 

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Dedicated to the women in Ukraine and other war-torn countries 


Bild: 1931 Jewish Orphanage Warsaw; NAC 


When we think of war, resistance and heroism, we usually think of armed resistance. The creators of the underground archive of the Warsaw Ghetto – the famous Ringelblum Archive (listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register) – thought about it differently. When they prepared a project documenting the fate of Jews under the occupation, they devoted particular attention to women. They wrote above all about ”silent heroism”, the heroism of everyday life that usually escaped the historians’ attention.  

We will talk about different kinds of struggle, both civil and armed, seen from the perspective of women of different age and backgrounds – social activists, teachers, caregivers, writers and, last but not least, female fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (19.04-20.05.1943) 

Karolina Szymaniak,  Assistant Professor at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland, where she heads the Yiddish Culture Unit and at the Wrocław University (Jewish Studies Department). She is a researcher, editor, translator from Yiddish, English, and language instructor with a PhD in literary and cultural studies. She is the editor of Rachel Auerbach’s ghetto writings, a first full and annotated edition of Auerbach’s most important text from 1941-1942. Her anthology of Yiddish poetry by women, prepared in collaboration with Joanna Lisek and Bella Szwarcman-Czarnota was published in 2019. 

Katherine Hauptman, the newly appointed director of The Swedish Holocaust Museum and the former director of The Swedish History Museum. 

 Co-organizers: Vänföreningen för Museet de polska judarnas historia POLIN, Judiska församlingen i Stockholm, Judisk krönika and Paideia – the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden 



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