In the Warsaw and in the Lodz ghettos Jewish journalists like Joseph Zelkowicz and Peretz Opoczynski wrote reportage that individualized the ghetto experience and conveyed events in 'real time.' Zelkowitz and Opoczynski perished but their writings survived, hidden in secret ghetto archives. This lecture will explain why this ghetto reportage was so important.
SAMUEL KASSOW, A Charles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College, holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He was a Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as a Leon I. Mirell Visiting Professor at Harvard and the Shier Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. Professor Kassow is the author of several books, including Who Will Write Our History: Emanuel Ringelblum and the Secret Ghetto Archive, which has been translated into eight languages. “In Those Nightmarish Days: Ghetto Reportage as Witnessing”is based on his most recent work on the first-hand experiences of Peretz Opoczynski and Josef Zelkowicz, Jewish journalists of the Warsaw and Lodz ghettos.