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Scholar to Discuss at Ramapo College Holocaust Rescue of Jewish Cultural Treasures

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 21, 2012

(MAHWAH, NJ) – David Fishman, professor of history at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York and director of the Project Judaica, Moscow, will speak at Ramapo College of New Jersey on April 26, 7 p.m. at the Trustees Pavilion (PAV1) under the auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of Ramapo College.

This lecture will examine a unique chapter in spiritual resistance during the Holocaust in which a dedicated group of Jewish intellectuals, including the noted Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever, hid Jewish cultural treasures from the Germans and rescued them from destruction, eventually smuggling them out of Soviet Lithuania to the West after the war.

David E. Fishman is professor of Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses in modern Jewish history.  He also serves as director of Project Judaica, a Jewish-studies program based in Moscow that is sponsored jointly by JTS and Russian State University for the Humanities.

 Fishman is the author of numerous books and articles on the history and culture of East European Jewry.  His books include “Russia’s First Modern Jews” (New York University Press) and “The Rise of Modern Yiddish Culture” (Pittsburgh University Press).  Dr. Fishman is the coeditor (with Burton Visotzky) of “From Mesopotamia to Modernity: Ten Introductions to Jewish History and Literature” (Westview Press, 1999), which also appeared in a revised Russian edition called “Ot Abrama do sovremenosti” (Russian State University Press, 2002).

A native New Yorker, Fishman received his bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University and his master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University.  He has taught at Brandeis University, Barllan University, Russian State University in Moscow, and Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. 

The presentation is free and open to the public. 

For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 201.684.7409.


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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