Lithuania SIG #Lithuania LitvakSIG Luncheon During the IAJGS Conference in July #lithuania

Eden Joachim <esjoachim@...>

This is a reminder about the LitvakSIG luncheon, which takes place during
the conference in July.

The luncheon is on Wednesday, July 14, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Dr. Egle Bendikaite is our featured speaker. Dr. Bendikaite is a
Research Fellow at Lithuanian Institute of History and an Associate
Professor of Jewish History and Elementary Yiddish at Vilnius University,
Lithuania, Yiddish Institute. She received her doctoral degree in History
from Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas in 2004 with a dissertation entitled,
"The Thought and Politics of the Zionist Movement in Lithuania, 1906-1940."

Professor Bendikaite has numerous publications including a book about
Lithuanian Jewish History, and she presented a paper about the Zionist
Movement in Lithuania at the 14th Annual World Congress of Jewish Studies
in Jerusalem and in Russia, Lithuania and Germany. Her main fields of
research are the History of Jewish Political and Cultural Movements in
Lithuania and History of Lithuanian Jewish Migrations. She speaks
Lithuanian, Russian, English and Yiddish.

Egle is the LitvakSIG's eyes and ears on the ground, supervising the
Internal Passport Project, and serves as an intermediary between the
LitvakSIG and Lithuanian archives and universities.

She will speak about Lithuanian Forced Migration Before and After World
War I. Here is an overview of her presentation:

The Jewish areas of settlement had been limited to the Pale of
Settlement since the final partition of Poland in 1795 and later
regulations in the 19th century Russian Empire. In May 1915, at the
beginning of WW I, the Russian Army ordered the mass expulsion of Jews
from most of Kovno Gubernia. Most Jews were settled in Yekaterinoslav
(Southern Russia), Poltava, Mogilev and other provinces in the depths of
the Russian empire.

The long way back started right after the World War I and it was
different >from any other: Jews decided to return home of their own will,
while their Homeland was divided into several newly independent states
(including Vilna and other areas under Polish control). The talk
describes the difficulties faced by the Jews who decided to return to
the newly independent Lithuania after WWI, including arranging for
permission to enter the country, getting permanent documents and once
back in Lithuania, proving their rights of citizenship.

The cost is $39 per person. You must pre-register and pre-pay for this
event in order to be admitted to the room.

We look forward to breaking bread with you in July.

For further information please visit the conference website

For the LitvakSIG Board,
Eden Joachim
Vice President & Treasurer

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