- Mikhal Kovner, brother of Partisan Abba Kovner, sorting books; Vilna, 1943Courtesy of the Moreshet Archive, Israel
Join the Museum for a special first look of The Book Smugglers, featuring special guest David E. Fishman. The exhibition curated by HMH’s Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, and based on Fishman’s book of the same name, will make it's world debut in the Museum's Mincberg Gallery.
The Book Smugglers is the nearly unbelievable true story of ghetto residents who rescued thousands of rare books and manuscripts by hiding them on their persons, burying them in bunkers and smuggling them across borders. Set in Vilna, Lithuania, also known as the “Jerusalem of Lithuania” for their robust Jewish culture rich with art, music, literature, poetry, theater and opera, a small group of partisans and poets risked everything to save Jewish cultural treasures.
The Book Smugglers exhibition is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
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