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On view through May 31, the “Book Smugglers” exhibit highlights the courageous steps people took during the Holocaust to protect Jewish cultural memory from the Nazis and Soviets.

“Would you risk your life to save a book?

This is the question of the new exhibition “Book smugglers: partisans, poets and the race to save Jewish treasures from the Nazis”. It is on display until May 31 at the Zekelman Holocaust Center in Farmington Hills.

It tells the story of Jewish residents who helped protect their cultural artifacts by rescuing thousands of rare books and manuscripts – first from the Nazis, then from the Soviets – by hiding them and smuggling them across borders. during the Holocaust.

The exhibit is named after a book of the same name written by David E. Fishman, who will join the museum virtually to discuss the exhibit and his book on Jan. 27 as part of the International Day of Remembrance. Holocaust.


Listen: Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld, CEO of the Zekelman Holocaust Center, talks about the significance of “The Book Smugglers” exhibit in modern times.


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  • Ryan Patrick Hooper is CultureShift’s award-winning host and producer on NPR station 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit. As a longtime arts and culture journalist and photographer, Hooper has covered stories for NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.

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