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Sunday, February 17 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
The Book Smugglers of the Vilna Ghetto: A Metaphor for the Struggle for Jewish Continuity

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In Vilna, a group of Jewish writers and intellectuals risked their lives to rescue Jewish books, manuscripts, and art from the Nazis, smuggling them into the ghetto, and hiding them in underground cellars and bunkers. The few members of this group who survived the war returned to their city after its liberation, and led an operation to retrieve the treasures. Learn about this inspiring story of Jewish “spiritual resistance,” and reflect on what it means for us today.

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David Fishman

David E. Fishman is a professor of Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses in modern Jewish history. He also serves as director of Project Judaica, JTS's program in the Former Soviet Union (FSU). His most recent book, The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EST
Room 4 (5th Floor)