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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 Pohl and his Einsatzstab staff planned to ship the most valuable materials to Germany and incinerate the rest The Germans used forty ghetto inmates as slave laborers to sort select pack and transport the materials either to Germany or to nearby paper mills This group nicknamed “the Paper Brigade” and informally led by poet Shmerke Kaczerginski a garrulous street smart adventurer and master of deception smuggled thousands of books and manuscripts past German guards If caught the men would have faced death by firing suad at Ponar the mass murder site outside of Vilna To store the rescued manuscripts poet Abraham Sutzkever helped build an underground book bunker sixty feet beneath the Vilna ghetto Kaczerginski smuggled weapons as well using the group’s worksite the former building of the Yiddish Scientific Institute to purchase arms for the ghetto’s secret partisan organization All the while both men wrote poetry that was recited and sung by the fast dwindling population of ghetto inhabitants With the Soviet “liberation” of Vilna now known as Vilnius the Paper Brigade thought themselves and their precious cultural treasures saved—only to learn that their new masters were nowelcoming toward Jewish culture than the old and the books must now be smuggled out of the USSR Thoroughly researched by the foremost scholar of the Vilna Ghetto—a writer of exceptional daring style and reach—The Book Smugglers is an epic story of human heroism a little known tale from the blackest days of the warThe 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 Pohl and his Einsatzstab staff planned to ship the most valuable materials to Germany and incinerate the rest The Germans used forty ghetto inmates as slave laborers to sort select pack and transport the materials either to Germany or to nearby paper mills This group nicknamed “the Paper Brigade” and informally led by poet Shmerke Kaczerginski a garrulous street smart adventurer and master of deception smuggled thousands of books and manuscripts past German guards If caught the men would have faced death by firing suad at Ponar the mass murder site outside of Vilna To store the rescued manuscripts poet Abraham Sutzkever helped build an underground book bunker sixty feet beneath the Vilna ghetto Kaczerginski smuggled weapons as well using the group’s worksite the former building of the Yiddish Scientific Institute to purchase arms for the ghetto’s secret partisan organization All the while both men wrote poetry that was recited and sung by the fast dwindling population of ghetto inhabitants With the Soviet “liberation” of Vilna now known as Vilnius the Paper Brigade thought themselves and their precious cultural treasures saved—only to learn that their new masters were nowelcoming toward Jewish culture than the old and the books must now be smuggled out of the USSR Thoroughly researched by the foremost scholar of the Vilna Ghetto—a writer of exceptional daring style and reach—The Book Smugglers is an epic story of human heroism a little known tale from the blackest days of the warThe 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 Pohl and his Einsatzstab staff planned to ship the most valuable materials to Germany and incinerate the rest The Germans used forty ghetto inmates as slave laborers to sort select pack and transport the materials either to Germany or to nearby paper mills This group nicknamed “the Paper Brigade” and informally led by poet Shmerke Kaczerginski a garrulous street smart adventurer and master of deception smuggled thousands of books and manuscripts past German guards If caught the men would have faced death by firing suad at Ponar the mass murder site outside of Vilna To store the rescued manuscripts poet Abraham Sutzkever helped build an underground book bunker sixty feet beneath the Vilna ghetto Kaczerginski smuggled weapons as well using the group’s worksite the former building of the Yiddish Scientific Institute to purchase arms for the ghetto’s secret partisan organization All the while both men wrote poetry that was recited and sung by the fast dwindling population of ghetto inhabitants With the Soviet “liberation” of Vilna now known as Vilnius the Paper Brigade thought themselves and their precious cultural treasures saved—only to learn that their new masters were nowelcoming toward Jewish culture than the old and the books must now be smuggled out of the USSR Thoroughly researched by the foremost scholar of the Vilna Ghetto—a writer of exceptional daring style and reach—The Book Smugglers is an epic story of human heroism a little known tale from the blackest days of the war


5 thoughts on “The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis

  1. says:

    Fruto de um trabalho de garimpagem de centenas de aruivos dispersos em mais de uma dezena de línguas ao longo de 7 anos o Autor produziu um clássico da historiografia ue pode ser plenamente apreciado por leitores não especializados como é o meu próprio caso de pesuisador ue atua na área biomédica Atribuo a leitura fluida à clareza e sistematicidade da escrita ue está baseada numa seuência extensa e minuciosa de notas ue podem ser ou não consultadas pelo leitor sem formação especializada sem prejuízo algum para a leitura


  2. says:

    Amazing story of ability and bravery My gratitude for his preservation of our uniue history


  3. says:

    WONDROUS THOROUGH COMPELLING RESEARCH AND STORY TELLING OF FACTS THAT NEEDED TO BE PRESERVED AND WELL COMMUNICATED


  4. says:

    The Book Smugglers Partisans Poets and the Race To Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis is written by David E Fishman This book takes place in Vilno Lithuania It is the story of a group of men who gathered together to save at least some of the Jewish treasures among the books gathered in VilnoPrior to World War II Vilna was known as the “Jerusalem of Lithuania” for its collections of Jewish books There were several libraries in Vilna which all had early editions of books on Jewish matters as well as Soviet books Some of these were very valuable and some were priceless The Nazis decided to collect the best of the books for a library in Berlin where they could study the Jews to best facilitate their demise They sent “Dr Johannes Pohl a Nazi expert on Jews to Vilna to organize the destruction and deportation of Vilna’s great collections of Jewish books” He used slave laborers to form the “paper brigade” to go through the books and decide which were to be saved and which were to be destroyed This “paper brigade” consisted of poets librarians and professors who were horrified at the destruction of these treasures Once the first man started saving books the others joined him They chose these books in front of the Nazis as they went through the books and papers deciding on their value When possible they hid the books they felt were absolutely to be saved and later smuggled them into the ghetto There they hid them in various places They also hid some in the attics of the libraries they were denuding When the Soviets took over they smuggled the books across the Soviet Polish border These men risked their lives to keep the history and culture of the Jews of Lithuania alive after the destruction of so many lives To them culture was as important as livesThe book is uite informative and very interesting It is due to them that we have some of the oldest books and papers about Jews after the destructiveness of the Nazis and Soviets Despite the threat of a firing suad at Ponar after severe beatings these few men did their best to save as many books as they could


  5. says:

    This is a great book about a little known subject the attempt to rescue books archives and other material from the libraries of Nazi Germany both during and after the Holocaust The book focuses on the Vilna ghetto but the theme is universal I was amazed to learn that the Nazis themselves accumulated a staggering amount of Jewish cultural items in order to prove the impurity of the Jewish race This book is a real page turner