Stern Judaic Studies Seminar Room, (302 Hagerty Library), 33rd and Market Streets, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
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The Life of a Vilna Ghetto Rescuer: Reading, Writing, Remembering
Friday, November 22, 2013
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Julija Šukys, PhD, assistant professor of creative writing, University of Missouri
The Judaic Studies Program and the Department of English and Philosophy present “The Life of a Vilna Ghetto Rescuer: Reading, Writing, Remembering,” a lecture and book-signing by Julija Šukys, PhD, assistant professor of creative writing, University of Missouri.
Please join writer Julija Šukys for a reading and discussion of her recent book "Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė." Šimaitė, herself a librarian, carefully collected, preserved and archived the written record of her life. In her book, Šukys beckons back to life this Lithuanian heroine, close friend of leading Vilna Jews, who saved lives, managed to survive and was later honored as one of Yad Vashem’s Righteous Among the Nations. In her talk, Šukys will chart the compelling development of her own identity in tandem with her uncovering of Šimaitė’s amazing life.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Books will be sold by the Penn Book Center. Support for this event comes from the Louis and Bessie Stein Foundation, The Milton and Miriam Handler Foundation, and the Friends of Judaic Studies.