YIVO’s collections include more than 2.5 million documents and 12,000 books that were long thought to be lost and 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, executive director and CEO of the YIVO Institute of Jewish Research in New York, will describe the project and the political and social roles these records play in contemporary Lithuanian society and 21st-century Jewish identity.
This talk will be followed by “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.
Business executive Elliot Matz will speak about his efforts to remedy this situation by adding a view of Jewish life in these towns to the exposition.
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