Judy Baston will be speaking on "Documenting the Vilna Ghetto Library"
on November 11th at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento.
We meet >from 10am to 12 noon at the Albert Einstein Residence Center
located at 1935 Wright Street a few blocks off Howe Avenue.
When Judy discovered that three young cousins in the Vilna ghetto had
been on the list of ghetto library patrons, she was stunned to realize
that the grimness of their daily lives had been relieved by the stories
in the books they read. Vilna - known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania -
had a strong cultural tradition that endured even after the ghetto
was established by the Nazis in 1941. One of the most important cultural
institutions in the ghetto was the library, with thousands of readers.
Further research led her to uncover additional archival documentation:
lists of readers, workers at the library, and even a list of those who
did not return books. Reports >from two ghetto librarians provide a
detailed look at books that were read by library patrons.
Judy Baston is secretary of the LitvakSIG and is on the board of