Moses Leff: The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in
the Wake of the Holocaust, in conversation with Edna Friedberg, Ph.D.
(Historian at the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education, United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Author and historian Lisa Moses Leff vividly depicts the story of Zosa Szajkowski, a Polish journalist-turned-historian who, recognizing
the impending threats against Jewish Europeans in the late 1930s, risked his
life and freedom to transport tens of thousands of documents from Berlin and
France to the US and Israel during and after the Second World War. Szajkowski’s
story illuminates continuing debates over the rightful ownership of contested
Jewish archives and reflects the ideological, economic, and psychological impulses
that have compelled generations of Jewish scholars to work tirelessly to preserve
the remnants of their cultural and personal histories.
Edna S. Friedberg
is a historian at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington,
where she serves as Director of the Wexner Learning Center. She is also a
Ph.D. candidate in modern Jewish history at the Jewish Theological
Wexler Fund for Jewish History supports an annual lecture that brings
outstanding speakers, scholarly research and contemporary issues to the
forefront of learning at the Edlavitch DCJCC.