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Harper Center, Hixson Lied Auditorium
Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Author Julija Sukys talks about her book Epistolophilia. The book tells the story of a little-known university librarian and Holocaust rescuer who entered the Vilna Ghetto (Lithuania) for three years under the pretense collecting unreturned library books. In reality, Simaite was bringing in medicine, food, and other forms of aid, then carrying out and hiding letters, manuscripts, and even children. Sukys painstakingly sifted through a collection of thousands of letters and scores of letters scattered to archives around the world. Fragment by fragment, she succeeded in painting a nuanced portrait of a compelling and courageous life.
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