The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust

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Monday, January 27th, 2020

Monday, January 27, 20203:30PM - 6:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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Zosa Szajkowski, a Polish-born Jewish historian, took tens of thousands of Jewish documents from Europe in the 1940s and ‘50s and moved them, illicitly, to New York. He eventually sold them to Jewish research libraries in the United States and Israel. Was this a heroic act of salvage, or simply theft?

Join us for a lecture by Lisa Leff, author of The Archive Thief, Professor of History at American University, and Director of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The event will be moderated by Doris Bergen, with responses by Eric Jennings and Sara R. Horowitz.

A reception will precede the event, starting at 3:30 pm.


Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair in Holocaust Studies

Faculty of Arts & Science

Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies

Ed and Fran Sonshine Lecture Fund

Centre des Études de la France et du Monde Francophone

Faculty of Information (iSchool)

Department of History

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