Yashek Memorial Lecture
"The Book Smugglers of the Vilna Ghetto"
Wednesday, April 3
7:30 p.m. Campus Center, Albright College
A group of ghetto inmates risked their lives to rescue thousands of Jewish books, manuscripts and documents from the Nazis, who intended to loot, deport and destroy these cultural treasures. The rescue operation, which lasted 18 months, was an act of resistance, an affirmation of human dignity and an expression of faith that the Jewish people and their culture would survive. Some of the inmates survived the Holocaust and dug up the hidden treasures, many of which eventually traveled to the United States and Israel.
Speaker David E. Fishman, Ph.D., is professor of history at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York, and a leading authority on the Jews of Russia and Eastern Europe.
The lecture is FREE and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Lakin Holocaust Library & Resource Center at Albright College.