The Book Smugglers

The Book Smugglers

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

eBook - 2017
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The Monuments Men for book lovers.
Publisher: Lebanon, NH : ForeEdge, an imprint of University Press of New England, [2017]
ISBN: 9781512601268
1512601268
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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EmilyEm
Jun 28, 2018

Setting for the book is Vilna, known as the ‘Jerusalem of Lithuania’ for its centrality for Jewish studies in Eastern Europe. A group of scholars, poets and librarians are enslaved laborers as the Nazis seek to steal and destroy their literary and religious treasures. With nothing to lose, these heroic men and women ingeniously smuggle artifacts and books to safety, first from the Nazis, then from the Soviets.

Compared to Robert M. Edsel’s 'The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History', which I enjoyed more. The difficulty for Gentile me was being somewhat unfamiliar with the treasures rescued and the book’s detail, given my big stack of books waiting for reading. Skimmed the post-WW II Soviet section.

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patcarstensen
May 08, 2018

Often painful to read, but important. This is the Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu for WWII.

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susangrouell
Mar 17, 2018

Deeply researched, spellbinding.

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