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Before and during World War II, the Nazis engaged in an organized
program of looting Jewish cultural objects, often using forced Jewish
labor to catalog the stolen items. Join Dr. Martin Dean as he examines
the Nazi policy of cultural plunder, including its aims and methods, and
shows how many Jews sought to defy the Germans’ genocidal intentions
through imaginative forms of cultural resistance.
This program is presented in conjunction with the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum's current special exhibition, The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis, on view through January 2, 2022.
About Martin Dean
Martin Dean received his PhD in European History from Queens’
College, Cambridge. He has worked as a researcher for the Special
Investigations Unit in Sydney, Australia, and as the Senior Historian
for the Metropolitan Police War Crimes Unit in London. As a Research
Scholar at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, he was a Volume Editor for The Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos. His publications include Collaboration in the Holocaust and and Robbing the Jews. He was also the co-editor of Robbery and Restitution.
He currently works as a Historical Researcher for the Babyn Yar
Holocaust Memorial Center and as an Adjunct Professor teaching courses
on the Holocaust and World War II at Kean University, New Jersey.
About The Book Smugglers Exhibition
The Book Smugglers is the nearly unbelievable true story of
ghetto residents who rescued thousands of rare books and manuscripts
by hiding them on their persons, burying them in bunkers, and smuggling
them across borders. Set in Vilna, Lithuania, known as the “Jerusalem of
Lithuania” for its Jewish culture rich with art, music, literature,
poetry, theater, and opera, a small group of partisans and poets risked
everything to save Jewish cultural treasures. The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis is curated by Holocaust Museum Houston and based on the book by David E. Fishman.