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Jewish Book Celebration


Featured Book: The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis.
The Book Smugglers is the true, nearly unbelievable story of ghetto residents of Vilna, "The Jerusalem of Lithuania," who rescued thousands of rare books and manuscripts and cultural treasures--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 heroic story of conscious resistance to thwart the German’s attempt to wipe out not only Jewish lives, but also Jewish existence. These scholars, librarians, and writers risked their own lives to save literature and art.

  • Book Discussion: Unpacking The Book Smugglers
    Tuesday, January 22, 7:00-8:30 pm
    Havurah Shalom, 825 NW 18th Ave. Portland.

    In anticipation of author David Fishman’s presentation in Portland on January 27, we will explore Fishman’s powerful account of the “paper brigade” of Vilna (now Vilnius) during World War II. Light refreshments. Stimulating discussion. Please RSVP to Havurah (503-248-4662) or contact Ruth Feldman (ruthtenzerfeldman@gmail.com). Sponsored by Havurah Shalom. The public is welcome.
  • Author Talk: The Book Smugglers by David Fishman
    Sunday, January 27, 1:00 pm
    Portland State University, Browsing Lounge (Room 238) Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway.

    Join author, David Fishman, as he brings a gripping and compelling book to life with his recounting of how he came to learn about this story, illustrated by many photographs. This event is sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Portland State University’s Judaic Studies Program, and Congregation Shaarie Torah. The public is welcome.

Information on the MJCC’s Authors Series, which will be held in March 2019, will be available soon.

Please join us for these creative and thought-provoking events to explore the ideas, themes, and information in The Book Smugglers.