The Paper Bridge. Cultural resistance in the Vilna Ghetto. Current exhibit at Center for Jewish History, NYC

Books and other cultural artifacts saved by the so-called Paper Brigade in Vilna between 1941-1943

Zelig Kalmanovitch, Avrom Sutzkever and Shmerke Kaczerginski, among others, risked their lives for rare Jewish books and other artifacts central to Jewish culture. Between 1941-1943, these poets and intellectuals smuggled countless documents out of the Strashun library and the YIVO building in Vilna and brought them to the Vilna Ghetto. This act of cultural resistance became known as The Paper Brigade. Miraculously, most of these cultural artifacts survived the destruction of the Ghetto and were later brought to New York. Visit the current exhibit at the Center for Jewish History in NYC, where they are on display https://www.cjh.org/culture/exhibitions/the-paper-brigade.


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