Book Club


The next meeting of the Malverne Jewish Center Book Club will take place on Monday, October 28th, 2019 at 7:30 pm.

The selection to be discussed is: The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures From the Nazisby David E. Fishman.

The book is available through the Nassau Library System as well as for Kindle users.


When Jewish inmates of the Vilna Ghetto returned home after a day of slave labor in the city, they had to pass inspection at the ghetto gate, a frightening prospect for those smuggling food for their starving families and even more dangerous for members of the Fareynikte partizaner organizatsye (United Partisan Organization, known as the FPO), the armed resistance movement, who often smuggled weapons and ammunition. One day in July 1943, the poet Shmerke Kaczerginski, hid another type of contraband: rare rabbinic books strapped to his body inside a Torah cover. Manning the watch was not a member of the Jewish police, which often looked the other way, but an SS officer known for his sadism. As David E. Fishman recounts the incident in The Book Smugglers:

Jewish Review of Books: Cecile E. Kuznitz