The Book Smugglers tells the story of the courageous Jews of the “Paper Brigade,”who risked their lives to rescue 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 in the Vilna Ghetto, and smuggling them across borders. It has been dubbed “Monuments Men for book lovers.” It is the epic chronicle of a little-known chapter from the darkest days of Jewish history.
The book was the winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. David Fishman is a professor of Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
This event is co-hosted with Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, Chappaqua Library and Lewisboro Library.