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David Fishman: “The Book Smugglers of the Vilna Ghetto – A Story of Cultural Resistance”
Date:Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $12; Members/students $7
Location: Jewish Public Library
Address: 5151 Côte-Ste-Catherine

The Yentl Rubin and Mordko Fishman Memorial Endowment Fundin partnership with McGill Department of Jewish Studies and the Montreal Holocaust Museum present
David Fishman: “The Book Smugglers of the Vilna Ghetto – A Story of Cultural Resistance”

David Fishman discusses his new book, winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Holocaust. The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis is 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. Based on Jewish, German, and Soviet  documents, including diaries, letters, memoirs, 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.”

David E. Fishman teaches modern Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He specializes in the  history and culture of Jewish Eastern Europe. His earlier books include Russia’s First Modern Jews: The Jews of Shklov and The Rise of Modern Yiddish Culture.
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