Talk with Lisa Leff, author of The Archive Thief: The Man Who Salvaged French Jewish History in the Wake of the Holocaust

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Book Cover ImageLisa Leff's investigative research into the life and work of Zosa Szajkowski, the Jewish historian and YIVO archivist, casts a complex and multidimensional perspective on his illegal transport of tens of thousands of documents from Europe to the United States between 1940 and 1961. Leff’s exploration of the historical and sociological elements of the time, as well as the nature of archiving itself, forces the audience to move away from the traditional bifurcated paradigm of archival rescue or theft, to see the events in the nuanced context of changing times.