|The wall separating the Warsaw ghetto from the Aryan side of the city|
Almost two weeks ago, Dr. Grabowski presented us with an assignment which I found to be a profound experience in historical research, and I wanted to share it with readers as a sort of follow-up post to the one on Emmanuel Ringelblum. All document translations were done by Jan Grabowski, and I have obtained his permission for use of them as well as discussion of his assignment.
To begin, we were given three documents which were found in the archive that Emmanuel Ringelblum buried under the Warsaw ghetto, along with the translations into English. We then had to conduct research to identify all places and names found in the document, as well as outline the historical context in order to know as much about the circumstances as possible. The goal was to find as much information as we could so that Dr. Grabowski could determine our levels of research capability. (We weren't allowed to collaborate or share answers so he requested that I post this blog after the due date had passed).
Here's the first document he gave us:
Warsaw, 28 April 1942
The Chief of the Prosecutor’s Office To the Special Court
of the Special Court In Warsaw
Buki, Hinda, Jewess
born 22 February 1919, brush maker, single
resident in Warsaw, Krochmalna street 17 apt. 171
currently in prison, Gesia street 24.
Is accused of having left the Jewish Living Area.
Being a Jewess, she has left, on March 20, 1942, without authorization, the area assigned to the Jews in Warsaw.
This is a violation of § 4 b of the Decree of 13 September 1940 and October 15, 1941 concerning the Limitations of Residence for Jews in the General Government.
The declaration of the accused
THE RESULT OF INVESTIGATION
The accused is a Jewess, she has admitted to having left the Jewish Quarter in Warsaw without authorization, in order to go begging.
I request: 1. To prepare proceedings in front of the Special Court in Warsaw
2. To extend the period of arrest for the accused who poses a flight risk.