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David Fishman's The Book Smugglers tells the nearly unbelievable story of ghetto inmates who rescued thousands of rare books and manuscripts — first from the Nazis and then from the Soviets — by hiding them on their bodies, burying them in bunkers, and smuggling them across borders. It is a tale of heroism and resistance, of friendship and romance, and of unwavering devotion to literature and art, including the readiness to risk one’s life for them. Based on Jewish, German, and Soviet sources, and the author’s interviews with several of the story’s participants, The Book Smugglers chronicles the daring activities of a group of poets turned partisans and scholars turned smugglers in Vilna, “The Jerusalem of Lithuania.” It pits men and women of letters against the two most murderous regimes of the Twentieth Century.
The Book Smugglers was awarded the National Jewish Book Award for “Holocaust."
Sponsored by: The Kasman Family Lectures on Eastern European Jewish Life and Culture
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Patton Hall (RLP), 1.302B
305 23RD ST E, Austin, Texas 78712
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