YIVO Online Exhibit Tells Stories of Jewish Life Before the Nazis #lithuania #holocaust


Jan Meisels Allen
 

 

 

In August, I posted about YIVO’s first online exhibit featuring the life of Beba Epstein, a young girl born in Vilna, Poland now Vilnius, Lithuania in 1922. The exhibit is called, Beba Epstein: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Girl . To enter the exhibit go to:  https://museum.yivo.org/experiences/introduction/   Beba survived three concentration and labor camps, moved to America and had a career as a social worker for Jewish Family Services helping Soviet-Jewish immigrants to settle in California, Beba died in 2012.

 

The New York Times has written a story about the exhibit. Not only does one learn about Beba and the Jews of Vilnius, but also about the schools, where Jews went in the summertime. The exhibit has over 200 artifacts-photographs, film clips, maps. School notebooks and more.

 

To read the New York Times article see:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/30/arts/design/bebas-story-jews-before-nazis-yivo.html

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

 

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