Issues in Judaism: The Book Smugglers of the Vilna Ghetto

The Fall 2017 Issues in Judaism kicks off with a lecture by historian David Fishman. Fishman recounts one of the most amazing chapters of spiritual resistance in the Holocaust. A group of ghetto inmates risked their lives day in and day out for more than a year, to rescue thousands of rare Jewish books, manuscripts and documents from looting and destruction by the Germans. After World War II, the survivors dug up the cultural treasures hidden in bunkers and other places and smuggled many of them to America and Israel. Fishman has documented this remarkable event based on Jewish, German and Soviet sources in his new book, The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis.

This is the first lecture in a series of two lectures.

Speaker: Dr. David E. Fishman
Professor of Jewish History
Director, Project Judaica
The Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Author of Russia’s First Modern Jews: The Jews of Shklov and The Rise of Modern
Yiddish Culture

Date: Monday, October 30, 2017

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus

Admission: Free


This event is free, but advance registration is required. Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link.

Funding for these lectures has been provided, in part,  by the Dorothy and Elmer Kirsch Endowment Fund for the Hofstra Cultural Center.

For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or

Monday, October 30, 2017





Cultural Center Theater - Leo A. Guthart
Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


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Phone: 516-463-5669
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