Jewish Cultural Resistance to Nazi and Soviet Oppression
Instructor: David Fishman
Capped at 20 students.
This course will explore the dramatic rescue of Jewish cultural treasures in Vilna, utilizing primary sources such as the ghetto diaries of Herman Kruk and Zelig Kalmanovitch. Each session will focus on the analysis of documents, provided in their original language and in English translation, that illuminate the actions of the book smugglers and of the powerful regimes they resisted. We will seek to address the underlying question: why were these heroic intellectuals willing to risk everything for the sake of books and papers, first under the Nazis and then again under Stalin?