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Tenenbaum Lecture: The Book Smugglers of the Vilna Ghetto
On February 22, 2021, at 7:30 PM EST, Emory’s Annual Tenenbaum Family Lecture Series in Judaic Studies will explore “The Book Smugglers of the Vilna Ghetto: A Story of Spiritual Resistance,” with guest scholar David E. Fishman of The Jewish Theological Seminary. This lecture, hosted by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University, will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

In Vilna, the city Jews called “The Jerusalem of Lithuania,” a group of ghetto inmates risked their lives 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 to Vilna after the city’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?

This event is free and open to the public. You will receive an email with a link to the webinar after you submit this form.

Co-sponsored by the Emory University Departments of Religion, German Studies, Russian & East Asian Languages and Culture, Middle Eastern & South Asian Studies, History, the Hightower Fund, the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, the Center for Ethics, and the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.

Feb 22, 2021 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Dr. David E. Fishman
Professor of Jewish History @The Jewish Theological Seminary
David E. Fishman is a professor of Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses in modern Jewish history. Dr. Fishman also serves as director of Project Judaica, JTS's program in the Former Soviet Union (FSU), which is based at Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow) and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy University (Kiev). He directs its Jewish Archival Survey, which publishes guides to Jewish archival materials in the FSU. 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 (ForeEdge, 2017) has been hailed as "Monuments Men for book lovers" and "first rate scholarship that pulses with the beat of a most human heart." Previous monographs include Russia's First Modern Jews (New York University Press, 1996) and The Rise of Modern Yiddish Culture (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005).