There is a belief that books are in fact holy items...
And yet it is people who print them. It is people who sell books, read them, collect them, throw them, steal them, study them and so on. Jewish printed books contain testimonies of a range of events from Ukrainian history, while also serving as companions to everyday life in the country. Handwritten notes scribbled in the margins tell some fascinating stories…
During this lecture, we will explore the history of Jewish printed books in Ukraine, as well the evolution of reading practices over time and the development of modern collections.
Nadia Ufimtseva received her MA in History and Jewish Studies at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She is currently working on her PhD thesis about Jewish printed book collections as a source of the history of the Jewish community of Kamianets-Podilsky in the 1860s –1930s. Her scholarly interests include Jewish material culture in Ukraine, Judaica, and more specifically - Jewish printed books. Nadia is also a Program Director at the Ukrainian Association for Jewish Studies.
Nadia was recently evacuated from Ukraine with her 1-year-old daughter and 70-year-old mother and is now living in Bulgaria.
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Monday, June 6, 8 pm Israel / 7 pm CET / 6 pm UK / 1 pm EST
Monday June 6th 7 Sivan 08:00 - 09:00
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The book "Law of Israel", printed in 1788 in Lvov (L'viv), Ukraine, from the collection of Kamianets-Podilsky State Historical Museum-Reserve.