19.04.2023 - online

Underground Life. Stories of the ‘rubblers’ from the Warsaw ghetto

Profesor Barbara Engelking stoi na tle ściany bunkru. Do płaszcza ma przypięty papierowy żonkil.
Barbara Engelking. fot. M. Jaźwiecki / Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

What did Jews who remained in the shelters and bunkers feel, what did they long for? What was their daily existence like—with not enough oxygen to breathe, and the sound of German soldiers’ heavy boots above their heads? Deeply moving stories of the four so-called ‘rubblers’ will be presented by Professor Barbara Engelking, author of the concept of "Around Us a Sea of Fire" exhibition.

  • 19 April (Wednesday), 10:30 AM
  • POLIN Museum YouTube channel

Together with Prof. Engelking, we will visit sites in the Warsaw district of Muranów where, 80 years ago, shelters of Hena Kuczer (Krystyna Budnicka), Stella Fidelseid, Hanna Szylkret or David Białogrod were.

"It’s dark. Fear, terrible fear lurks at every corner. This may be my last hour"

— that is how 24 years old Stella Fidelseid described her experience of living in an underground shelter during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Stella was one of about 50,000 ‘civilian’ Jews who—from the moment the fighting started on 19 April—remained in the shelters and bunkers that had been arranged earlier in almost every building inside the ghetto. Some of those who stayed in hiding remained unreachable to the German perpetrators for many weeks after the fighting had ended.

Accompanying event of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Campaign organised as part of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Logo of Jewish Cultural Heritage Project: from right side: logo of Norway grants, logo of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Republic of Poland, logo Polin Museum and JCK project.,,