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Gallery 7: Holocaust, 1939–1944

“So many times I have tried to write but somehow, my hands could never find the strength … And who knows whether there will be a single witness left of this disaster,” wrote Rachel Auerbach in the journal she kept in the Warsaw ghetto. A writer and social activist, Auerbach was a member of Oyneg Shabes, the clandestine archive organized by Emanuel Ringelblum to record everything that took place in the Warsaw ghetto. Excerpts from her journal, which appear often in the Warsaw ghetto section of the Holocaust gallery, accompany the film about social welfare in the ghetto and in the Oyneg Shabes part.