I invite those of you who will be at the conference in Warsaw -
and who have a connection with Vilna, or an interest in the
cultural and reading patterns of Jews during the Shoah - to
attend my presentation, "Documenting the Vilna Ghetto Library,"
Monday, August 6, >from 2:45-3:45 p.m. in the Lublin-HM-1 Room
at the Conference Hotel.
Vilna - known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania - had a strong
cultural tradition that endured and flourished even after
the Vilna Ghetto was established in 1941. Perhaps the most
important cultural institution in the Ghetto was the Vilna
The Vilna Ghetto was the only ghetto to have a fully
functioning library. In many ways this Library was unique,
but the reading patterns of its patrons can be seen to reflect
those of Jews in other ghettos throughout Eastern Europe.
After I discovered that my three young cousins in the Vilna
Ghetto had been on the list of Ghetto Library patrons,
further research led to uncovering additional documentation
from the Vilna Ghetto Library in the Lithuanian State CentralArchives - lists of readers in the Library, lists of workers
in the Library and even a list of readers who did not return
books to the Library.
I will also share reports >from two Vilna Ghetto librarians,
which provide a detailed look at which authors and titles
were read by different kinds of Ghetto Library patrons.
See you in Warsaw!
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