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Outwitting History: How a Young Man Rescued a Million Books and Saved a Vanishing Civilisation
In 1980, an entire body of Jewish literature - the physical remnant of Yiddish culture - was on the verge of extinction. Previous volumes that had survived Hitler and Stalin were being passed down from older generations of Jewish immigrants to their non-Yiddish speaking children only to be discarded or destroyed. A twenty-three-year-old student named Aaron Lansky set out to rescue the world's abandoned Yiddish books before it was too late.
"Lansky's book is not just about the volumes he's saved. Steeped in Yiddishkeit, full of humour and bitter-sweet pathos, it reads like a Sholem Aleichem story... we get a sense of a generation passing, handing on its yerushe, its inheritance, to a younger generation amid feelings of pain, regret and hope."
ISBN 13: 9780285637528 | ISBN 10: 0285637525
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