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The Book Smugglers of the Vilna Ghetto: A Story of Moral Resistance
**Please note, due to the current developments of COVID- 19, this program will now be presented solely virtual on ZOOM.**

In Vilna, the city Jews called “The Jerusalem of Lithuania,” a group of ghetto inmates risked their lives during World War II to rescue thousands of rare books, documents, and works of art from the Nazis. In an operation that lasted eighteen months, they smuggled the materials past guards and buried them in bunkers. Those members of the group who survived the War returned after Vilna’s liberation and dug up the materials. They eventually smuggled the books across Europe until they reached the United States and Israel. What did they rescue, and why did they do it?

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, author Dr. David E. Fishman will discuss the incredible story he wrote about in The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis, and the exhibit based on his book.

Thank you to our Community Partners: The Farmington Community Library and the West Bloomfield Township Public Library.

Jan 27, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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David Fishman
Dr. Fishman is the author of numerous books and articles on the history and culture of East European Jewry. His most recent book, The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis, has been hailed as “Monuments Men for book lovers” and “first rate scholarship that pulses with the beat of a most human heart.” Fishman is a professor of Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses in modern Jewish history.