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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20Making Holocaust Memory$
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Gabriel N. Finder, Natalia Aleksiun, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113058

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113058.001.0001

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Rachel Auerbach, Yad Vashem, and Israeli Holocaust Memory

Rachel Auerbach, Yad Vashem, and Israeli Holocaust Memory

(p.197) Rachel Auerbach, Yad Vashem, and Israeli Holocaust Memory
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 20

Boaż Cohen

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the painful obsession of Rachel Auerbach with preserving Holocaust memory after her immigration to Israel from Poland in 1950. It mentions Auerbach's soup kitchen that she ran in the Warsaw ghetto while contributing essays to the clandestine archive Oneg Shabes, whose leader was Emanuel Ringelblum. It also details the testimony of Avraham Krzepicki, one of the earliest escapees from Treblinka, that was recorded, transcribed, and edited by Auerbach for inclusion in Oneg Shabes. The chapter recounts how Auerbach fled the ghetto in March 1943 and hid on the 'Aryan' side of Warsaw, where she joined a network of couriers who brought money to other hidden Jews while continuing to write essays for an underground archive organized after the destruction of the ghetto. It looks at 'Yizkor 1943', an elegy Auerbach wrote to the martyrdom of the Jewish masses in the ghetto.

Keywords:   Rachel Auerbach, Holocaust memory, Oneg Shabes, Avraham Krzepicki, Aryan side

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