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Skokie museum to echo memories of Holocaust

June 22, 2006

BY ANDREW HERRMANN Staff Reporter

A trio of buried milk cans helped botch Adolf Hitler’s efforts to snuff out the recorded history of Polish Jews. The cans — part of an operation code-named Oyneg Shabbos, or “Joy of Sabbath” — were buried in a Warsaw ghetto and contained papers chronicling Jewish life during the Holocaust.

The leader of the project, Emanuel Ringelblum, was executed in 1944, but two of the cans were discovered years later.

Inspired by Ringelblum, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center breaks ground today in Skokie with a ceremony that will include sinking a similar milk can, this one containing memories of about 30 Chicago area survivors