JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland July 21, 2019, program #general

Susan Steeble

Speaker: Sara Ani

Title: "Travels through Lithuania to Discover Litvak Heritage"
Date and Time: Sunday, July 21, 2019, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd.,
Pikesville, MD

Please join us on Sunday, July 21, 2019, to hear Sara Ani present
"Travels through Lithuania to Discover Litvak Heritage".

Many of our ancestors came >from Lithuania, and while 96% of
Lithuania's Jews were murdered in the Shoah, it is possible to
travel in their footsteps in present-day Lithuania.
In this presentation, Sara Ani will share what she saw on her trip
to Lithuania last summer. She not only visited the mass killing
sites and memorials to victims of the Shoah and their decimated
communities, but also observed the ghostly remains of Jewish life
before World War II.
She even found her great-great-grandmother's grave!

You will follow in her footsteps to see what life was like in the
shtetls of Lithuania before the war and will view the remnants of
Jewish homes, shops, synagogues, cemeteries, and Yeshivot as well as
the places that marked the mass destruction of the Litvak community.
You will hear pertinent information on how to find some of the more
obscure locations of mass graves and forgotten cemeteries as well as
helpful hints on getting around in Lithuania, finding a guide, and,
for those who keep kosher, learning where to stay, pray, and eat.
Sara will share some of the research she did that made her travels
more meaningful and more productive and will discuss the question:
"Where do we go >from here?"

Sara Ani has a curious mind and enjoys solving mysteries.
She became interested in genealogy when she inherited a multitude
of family photographs and documents >from her dad and aunt.
She set out to identify the people in the photographs and to
set the record straight on some of the mislabeled documents.
She created a coherent family history >from letters, documents,
family lore, and artifacts. She enjoys visiting cemeteries, and
she translates headstones and documents them as a Find-A-Grave
volunteer. She loves to travel and actually see the places
connected to her family, learning the history behind the locale.
She is a member of the JGSMD and enjoys writing articles on her
discoveries for its newsletter.

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members
(applied to JGSMD membership fee) after their first meeting.
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for the time, location, and program of future meetings.

Susan Steeble

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