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The Book Smugglers
Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis
David E. Fishman

University Press of New England



Contents

Author’s Note
• Dramatis Personae
• Introduction
• PART I: BEFORE THE WAR
• Shmerke—The Life of the Party
• The City of the Book
• PART II: UNDER GERMAN OCCUPATION
• The First Assault
• Intellectuals in Hell
• A Haven for Books and People
A Rescued Gem: The Record Book of the Vilna Gaon’s Synagogue
• Accomplices or Saviors?
• The Nazi, the Bard, and the Teacher
• Ponar for Books
• The Paper Brigade
• The Art of Book Smuggling
A Rescued Gem: Herzl’s Diary
• The Book and the Sword
• Slave-Labor Curators and Scholars
• From the Ghetto to the Forest
• Death in Estonia
• Miracle from Moscow
• PART III: AFTER THE WAR
• From under the Ground
• A Museum Like No Other
A Rescued Gem: Sholem Aleichem’s Letters
• Struggling under the Soviets
• Tears in New York
• The Decision to Leave
• The Art of Book Smuggling—Again
• Rachela’s Choice
• The German Discovery
• Parting Duties
A Rescued Gem: The Bust of Tolstoy and Other Russians
• Wanderings: Poland and Prague
• Paris
• Return from Offenbach, or Kalmanovitch’s Prophecy
• PART IV: FROM LIQUIDATION TO REDEMPTION
• The Path to Liquidation
• Later Lives
• Forty Years in the Wilderness
• Grains of Wheat
• Acknowledgments
• Notes
• Glossary
• Bibliography
• Index

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