The Book Smugglers

The Book Smugglers

Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures From the Nazis

Book - 2017
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"The Book Smugglers is the nearly unbelievable story of ghetto residents 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. It is a tale of heroism and resistance, of friendship and romance, and of unwavering devotion--including the readiness to risk one's life--to literature and art. And it is entirely true. 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." The rescuers were pitted against Johannes Pohl, a Nazi "expert" on the Jews, who had been dispatched to Vilna by the Nazi looting agency, Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg, to organize the seizure of the city's great collections of Jewish books. "-- Adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: Lebanon, NH :, ForeEdge, an imprint of University Press of New England,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781512600490
1512600490
Characteristics: xv, 322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 25 cm

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susangrouell
Mar 17, 2018

Deeply researched, spellbinding.

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