Sunday, Nov 08, 2020 1:30p -
Virtual - Zoom
P.O. Box 610366
Newton, MA 02461
History, Lectures & Conferences, Virtual & Streaming
YIVO’s collections include more than 2.5 million documents and 12,000 books that represent over 500 years of Jewish history in Eastern Europe. The landmark Edward Blank YIVO Vilna project will preserve and digitize these materials, making them available to researchers. Dr. Jonathan Brent’s talk describes the project and the political and social roles these records play in contemporary Lithuanian society and 21st century Jewish identity.
Spotlight Talk following the lecture: Bringing Jewish Life to Lithuania’s Sturbridge Village.
Before World War I, there were thousands of small market towns in Eastern Europe where Christians and Jews resided. Today, millions of their descendants are not well served by an existing open-air Museum of Lithuania in the town of Rumsiskes, which all but omits the lives of the former Jewish population. Elliot Matz speaks about his efforts to remedy this situation by adding a view of Jewish life in these towns to the exposition.