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Wolfe Lecture in Holocaust Studies: "The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust"

Start Date and Time:

Monday, January 27, 2020, 4:00PM

End Date and Time:

Monday, January 27, 2020, 6:00PM


Lisa Leff | Respondents: Eric Jennings & Sara R. Horowitz | Moderated By: Doris Bergen

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.

Reception beginning at 3:30PM.

This event is free and open to the public.

Presented by the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair in Holocaust Studies in partnership with the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, the Ed and Fran Sonshine Lecture Fund, the Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World, the Faculty of Information (iSchool), and the Department of History.

Contact Information

Jessica Bush


The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7 view full map




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Zosa Szajkowski sifting through papers in the ruins of the Nazi Propaganda Ministry
Zosa Szajkowski sifting through papers in the ruins of the Nazi Propaganda Ministry