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Would the Institute be interested in a Zoom presentation regarding my research on Jewish Soldiers during WW2 that were physicians, military police and interpreters stationed at camps in the United States holding N**i POWs. These Jewish soldiers reeducated POWs about religious freedom, democracy and reset their moral compass. Details in the recently published book "Tables Turned on Them- Jews Guarding N**i POWs Held in the United States".

Chicago JUF News book review: https://www.juf.org/news/arts.aspx?id=447746
The Jews are the only surviving indigenous people of Judea/Samaria. Philistines, are no more. עם ישראל חי
Hi All, what is the best source for Lithuanian resources pre-WW1? Thanks!
Mariia Khorun, this is a great resource to explore. Maybe we can get an intern to help.
Can someone offer translation of this piece of Yiddish please? Sent from the Warsaw Ghetto to my grandparents from their parents in 1941.
I'd like to go to online events of Yivo's.
Unique photos show the Great Synagogue in Wyszogród (Poland). Ca 1917
New DiFMOE collection JEWISH GERMAN BUKOVINA 1918+ online and freely accessible!

The Digital Forum Central and Eastern Europe e.V. (DiFMOE, Munich) would like to refer to its current cooperation project, which is being carried out in cooperation with the Institute for German Culture and History in Southeastern Europe (IKGS), the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (IFA, Stuttgart), the University and State Library Düsseldorf, the Bukovina Institute (Augsburg), the National Library of Israel (Jerusalem), the World Organization of Bukovina Jews (Ramat Gan, Israel), the Martin-Opitz-Library (Herne), the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS, Regensburg) and the Czernowitz Discussion Group.

The new collection consists of several parts. On the one hand, there are 16 historical newspapers that were produced in the former Austrian and then Romanian Bukovina in the interwar period, mainly under Jewish editorship in German and Yiddish. Liberal papers such as the “Czernowitzer Morgenblatt” or the “Czernowitzer Allgemeine Zeitung” found their readership in broad circles of the German-speaking population groups, as they represented the interests of all national minorities in the new state. The “Tšernowitzer bleter”, the “Arbeter Tsaytung” or “Di frayhayt”, printed in Yiddish, on the other hand, reflect political, cultural and ideological internal Jewish discourses against the background of the ongoing curtailment of the basic rights of Jews by the Romanian government. With the “Czernowitzer Deutsche Tagespost”, a newspaper was also taken into account, which after 1933, in unison with and supported by Berlin, participated in the numerous anti-Semitic smear campaigns that ultimately resulted in the extermination of a large part of the Jewish population in Bukovina. “Die Stimme”, launched in 1944 by Elias Weinstein in what was then the British Mandate of Palestine and still published in Israel today, became a printed information and communication platform for survivors after the Holocaust.

In addition to digitizing this periodical source corpus and putting it online, DiFMOE, in cooperation with the Czernowitz Discussion Group, the global virtual association of around 500 Jewish Bucovinian Holocaust survivors and their descendants, integrated selected parts of the group's own archive with valuable personal and family documents in the digital library. Within the JEWISH GERMAN BUKOVINA 1918+ collection, the around 1,000 objects can be viewed both in their entirety and sorted by the individual private collections of the members.

The German administrator of the Czernowitz Discussion Group, Edgar Hauster, made a special source available from his personal family archive: 122 letters from the correspondence of grandfather Elias Hauster with his son Julius Hauster (the second son Maximilian was murdered in Auschwitz in 1943) give the reader a profound impression of everyday life, of mental life, but above all of the great plight of the Romanian Holocaust survivors immediately after the end of the Second World War (1946-1949). For the best possible use of the contents of the outstanding historical record "The Correspondence of Elias Hauster", the high-resolution scans of the handwritten letters were combined with the transcriptions in a digitally created book and thus made full-text searchable.

Link to the detailed project description (in German):
https://www.difmoe.info/projekte/j%C3%BCdisch-deutsche-bukowina-1918/

Link to the collection:
https://www.difmoe.eu/d/search/?sort=newest&accessibility=all&collections=vc:6de9af0f-6c93-4f4c-ac6d-a57f3f352715

The project is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (Germany)
A CELEBRATION OF LIGHT
Celebrate Chanukah with Tony-Nominee Eleanor Reissa & Zalmen Mlotek ("Fiddler in Yiddish")

This performance is being offered online, exclusively at On Stage At Kingsborough.

Join Tony-nominee and renowned Yiddish concert artist Eleanor Reissa (HBO's "The Plot Against America") and Zalmen Mlotek (National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene Artistic Director and Producer of Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish for a celebration of the joys of Hanukkah. Rich, toe-tapping, heart-warming songs and stories celebrate the beauty and vitality of Yiddish music and humor. You don't have to understand Yiddish to enjoy!

WATCH ELEANOR REISSA SING "MY YIDDISHE MAMA!:
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ELEANOR REISSA, fluent in Yiddish and English, has a body of work that is vast and difficult to compartmentalize – director, actor, singer, writer. Reissa performed on Broadway in Paula Vogel’s Indecent and was honored with a Tony nomination for directing Those Were The Days (also choreographing and performing). Other recent work includes a sold-out engagement for Carnegie Hall, where she directed, performed and co-created their prescient Migration Series: From Shtetl to Stage; a new concert work with Frank London, Kurt Weill in New York for the Weill Festival in Dessau, Germany. In the HBO mini-series based on Philip Roth’s novel, The Plot Against America, Reissa plays the mother of Winona Ryder and Zoe Kazan. She appears in the second season of ABC’s For Life. Reissa is the host of the new podcast Those Who Were There: Voices of the Holocaust produced by Yale University’s Fortunoff Video Archives. She has translated works into Yiddish, including Paddy Chayefsky’s The Tenth Man, and her own plays have been produced in New York and regional theatres. Reissa hails from Brooklyn. Her parents lived through the Holocaust.

ZALMEN MLOTEK is an internationally recognized authority on Yiddish folk and theater music and a leading figure in the Jewish theatre and concert worlds. Mr. Mlotek was raised in a prominent Yiddish speaking family renowned for its Jewish songbook collections. His formal training as a classical musician and conductor was at Julliard School of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Tanglewood Music Center, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes School of Music. Among his most notable teachers and mentors was Leonard Bernstein. Mr. Mlotek also studied conducting with Zubin Mehta and James Levine.
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Timeline Photos 05/14/2021

Drawing of flowers from a collection of children's artwork from refugee camps in Austria after WWII. #ShowUsYourFlowers #fromtheyivoarchives

Drawing of flowers from a collection of children's artwork from refugee camps in Austria after WWII. #ShowUsYourFlowers #fromtheyivoarchives

Salomea Perl & Women Yiddish Prose Writers 05/14/2021

Salomea Perl & Women Yiddish Prose Writers

Join us for a discussion exploring the rediscovery and translation of Saomea Perl's work and placing it into its literary context.

Salomea Perl & Women Yiddish Prose Writers On Zoom | Tuesday, May 25 at 1:00pm (ET)

‘An attempt to correct history’: Jewish descendants reclaim Austrian citizenship 05/13/2021

‘An attempt to correct history’: Jewish descendants reclaim Austrian citizenship

"Even if they rarely speak German and some have never set foot on Austrian soil, nearly 76 years after the Holocaust, descendants of those forced out of Austria by the N***s are reclaiming the nationality stolen from their ancestors. "

‘An attempt to correct history’: Jewish descendants reclaim Austrian citizenship Over 1,900 descendants of those forced out during the Holocaust have reclaimed citizenship since law change in 2019, although not all are sure their relatives would have approved

Embodying Liberty: American Jewish Attorneys and the Case for Humanizing Public Charge 05/13/2021

Embodying Liberty: American Jewish Attorneys and the Case for Humanizing Public Charge

Hannah Zaves-Greene examines the legal advocacy of Max Kohler, Abram Elkus, Simon Wolf, and Louis Marshall, American Jewish attorneys who fought laws passed in 1891 meant to restrict immigration.

Embodying Liberty: American Jewish Attorneys and the Case for Humanizing Public Charge On Zoom | Wednesday, May 19 at 1:00pm (ET)

Investigation: San Francisco museums may hold N**i-looted art – J. 05/13/2021

Investigation: San Francisco museums may hold N**i-looted art – J.

The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco is reviewing a batch of European artworks obtained between 1933 and 1945 for their possible connection to N**i-looted art.

Investigation: San Francisco museums may hold N**i-looted art – J. A view of Amsterdam at midday. A dark forest with sunlight peeking through the trees as a woman washes clothes in a river. A young boy feeding a monkey as a man to his left holds back a swan. These are scenes from three paintings owned by the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, part […]

Timeline Photos 05/12/2021

Join the Boston Workers Circle Yiddish chorus, A Besere Velt, and guest artists Polina Shepherd, Lorin Sklamberg, Daniel Kahn, Anthony Russell, and Judy Bressler for an inspiring concert to keep on moving forward towards a better world.
Register at https://www.circleboston.org/abetterworld

Join the Boston Workers Circle Yiddish chorus, A Besere Velt, and guest artists Polina Shepherd, Lorin Sklamberg, Daniel Kahn, Anthony Russell, and Judy Bressler for an inspiring concert to keep on moving forward towards a better world.
Register at https://www.circleboston.org/abetterworld

A Taste of Rome’s Historic Jewish Cuisine 05/12/2021

A Taste of Rome’s Historic Jewish Cuisine

Join us live on YouTube now for A Taste of Rome’s Historic Jewish Cuisine with Leah Koenig https://youtu.be/gsEgUJlCI_E

A Taste of Rome’s Historic Jewish Cuisine

World War II mass grave of Holocaust victims uncovered in Belarus 05/11/2021

World War II mass grave of Holocaust victims uncovered in Belarus

"Nearly two years after a mass grave of Holocaust victims was uncovered in Brest, Belarus, the country discovered another grave near the village of Logoza."

World War II mass grave of Holocaust victims uncovered in Belarus The grave contained bone fragments and skeletons, some with bullets in their skulls and others with shoes strewn beside their bodies, as well as ammunition and personal objects.

New York Lawmakers Push For Minimum Standard Curriculum On Holocaust Education Amid Surge Of Hate Crimes 05/10/2021

New York Lawmakers Push For Minimum Standard Curriculum On Holocaust Education Amid Surge Of Hate Crimes

"New York mandates Holocaust education for age 8 and older, but guidance is vague. It can be one sentence or weeks of discussion."

New York Lawmakers Push For Minimum Standard Curriculum On Holocaust Education Amid Surge Of Hate Crimes A recent survey found nearly one-fifth of adults under 40 in New York believe Jews caused the Holocaust and nearly a third believe it's a myth.

Düsseldorf Committee Votes to Return Franz Marc Painting to Former Owner’s Heirs 05/09/2021

Düsseldorf Committee Votes to Return Franz Marc Painting to Former Owner’s Heirs

The German city of Düsseldorf will return the 1913 Franz Marc painting Die Füchse (Foxes), that has been the subject of a years-long restitution case, to the heirs of its former owner, Jewish businessman & banker Kurt Grawi, who sold the work during WWII.

Düsseldorf Committee Votes to Return Franz Marc Painting to Former Owner’s Heirs The work was sold during World War II by Kurt Grawi, who fled Europe after imprisonment in a concentration camp.

A Taste of Rome’s Historic Jewish Cuisine 05/09/2021

A Taste of Rome’s Historic Jewish Cuisine

Join cookbook author Leah Koenig for this online cooking demonstration highlighting one of Rome's most beloved Jewish dishes, concia (a bright and silky marinated zucchini dish).

A Taste of Rome’s Historic Jewish Cuisine On Zoom | Wednesday May 12 at 1:00pm (ET)

K-12 schools will soon be required to teach lessons on the Holocaust under new law 05/08/2021

K-12 schools will soon be required to teach lessons on the Holocaust under new law

The governor of Wisconsin recently signed into law a bipartisan bill requiring K-12 schools to incorporate lessons on the Holocaust and other genocides. http://bit.ly/WI-holocaust-ed

K-12 schools will soon be required to teach lessons on the Holocaust under new law MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Members of the Jewish community and lawmakers are celebrating what they call landmark legislation to educate the younger generation about the Holocaust. Governor Tony Evers sig

Take Anytime, Anywhere | REGISTER FREE 05/07/2021

Take Anytime, Anywhere | REGISTER FREE

Featuring cooking demos by renowned chefs like Joan Nathan, never-before-seen archival objects, and lectures by leading scholars.

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How Jewish women fought back against the N***s during a 1943 uprising in Poland | CBC Radio 05/07/2021

How Jewish women fought back against the N***s during a 1943 uprising in Poland | CBC Radio

"[Judy Batalion] found stories of women 'putting weapons into marmalade jars, sacks of potatoes, teddy bears, fashionable handbags that they would often purchase or borrow, or just taping them to their torsos.'"

We have a handful of autographed copies of The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judy Batalion. Donate $40 or greater for your copy today: http://bit.ly/light-of-days-autographed

How Jewish women fought back against the N***s during a 1943 uprising in Poland | CBC Radio Monday marked 78 years since the start of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when Jews waged a 27-day revolt against the N***s. Montreal-born author Judy Batalion writes about the often-forgotten stories of Jewish women who fought in the uprising in her new book, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of...

The Future of Tulsa's Past: The Centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre and Beyond 05/06/2021

The Future of Tulsa's Past: The Centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre and Beyond

Join YIVO and In Geveb for a panel discussion on contemporaneous Yiddish language archival sources which reflect on the Tulsa Race Massacre, as well as on racially motivated violence that erupted in America in the early twentieth century more broadly.

The Future of Tulsa's Past: The Centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre and Beyond Part of the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation's 12th Annual Reconciliation in America National Symposium.

The Bavarian State Painting Collections Has Returned a Medieval Work Unlawfully Sold by N***s to Its Rightful Heirs 05/06/2021

The Bavarian State Painting Collections Has Returned a Medieval Work Unlawfully Sold by N***s to Its Rightful Heirs

The Bavarian State Painting Collections in Munich restituted a N**i-looted painting to its legal heirs. Munich art dealer A.S. Drey, who was Jewish, was forced to sell the 1480 work as a result of N**i persecution. http://bit.ly/florian-restituted

The Bavarian State Painting Collections Has Returned a Medieval Work Unlawfully Sold by N***s to Its Rightful Heirs The late medieval painting had belonged to a Jewish art dealer in Munich before it was sold off at auction as a result of N**i persecution.

Ladino and Yiddish Classes Boom Online 05/05/2021

Ladino and Yiddish Classes Boom Online

“Yiddish speaks to so many aspects of Jewish life and is a way for young people to connect comfortably with Judaism." http://bit.ly/yiddish-ladino

Ladino and Yiddish Classes Boom Online Virtual classes attract a new generation of students, from a wide variety of places

2021-2022 Max Weinreich Center Research Fellows 05/05/2021

2021-2022 Max Weinreich Center Research Fellows

Congratulations to the recipients of YIVO’s 2021-2022 faculty and graduate student fellowships!

2021-2022 Max Weinreich Center Research Fellows These fellowships are for scholarly research in YIVO’s library and archival collections.

Timeline Photos 05/05/2021

Here's another puzzle to try: https://jigex.com/r1v5
Three unidentified women. #fromtheyivoarchives
The 104 piece size took us 15:10 on the first try. What's your record?

Here's another puzzle to try: https://jigex.com/r1v5
Three unidentified women. #fromtheyivoarchives
The 104 piece size took us 15:10 on the first try. What's your record?

05/04/2021

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Allan Gerson prosecuted N**i war criminals on the grounds that they lied to enter the US. But the lines of justice became blurred when Gerson discovered that his parents, Polish Jewish Holocaust survivors, lied to gain entry. His memoir is out today! http://bit.ly/lies-that-matter

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Leftists on Left-Wing Antisemitism 05/04/2021

Leftists on Left-Wing Antisemitism

Join us live on YouTube now for "Leftists on Left-Wing Antisemitism" https://youtu.be/u6xXC7imk0A

Leftists on Left-Wing Antisemitism

Rare 'fortress synagogue' to return to Jewish ownership in Lutsk, Ukraine - Jewish Telegraphic Agency 05/03/2021

Rare 'fortress synagogue' to return to Jewish ownership in Lutsk, Ukraine - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

A municipality in Ukraine pledged to return to Jewish ownership what’s left of a 17th-century synagogue that the N***s partially destroyed and the Soviets turned into a sports school. http://bit.ly/lutsk-synagogue

Rare 'fortress synagogue' to return to Jewish ownership in Lutsk, Ukraine - Jewish Telegraphic Agency The 17th-century structure, which the Germans destroyed and the Soviets turned into a sports facility, last served as a Jewish house of worship in 1942.

YIVO UK Upcoming Events 05/03/2021

YIVO UK Upcoming Events

YIVO UK is delighted to be in partnership with JW3 for six classes, as part of JW3’s Online Learning Programme. All programs takes place online, starting May 6.

YIVO UK Upcoming Events

Salomea Perl & Women Yiddish Prose Writers 05/03/2021

Salomea Perl & Women Yiddish Prose Writers

The last thirty years has seen many previously ignored or lost female authors, like Salomea Perl, finally brought into the Yiddish canon. Translator Ruth Murphy, Anna Fishman Gonshor, and Justin Cammy, in a discussion moderated by Rokhl Kafrissen, reflect on how these female authors are being recognized.

Salomea Perl & Women Yiddish Prose Writers On Zoom | Tuesday, May 25 at 1:00pm (ET)

The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos 05/02/2021

The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos

ICYMI - Judy Batalion and Andrew Silow-Carroll (New York Jewish Week) discuss Batalion’s new book about the “ghetto girls” who helped transform Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the N***s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApMecX4K71s

The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos *** We're offering a limited number of autographed copies of The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judy Bat...

Dutch Art Museum Overrides Restitution Panel, Will Pay 200,000 Euros to Heirs of Jewish Man for Painting He Was Forced to Sell by the N***s 05/02/2021

Dutch Art Museum Overrides Restitution Panel, Will Pay 200,000 Euros to Heirs of Jewish Man for Painting He Was Forced to Sell by the N***s

Despite a government committee's recommendation not to do so, the Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle, the Netherlands, has decided to pay in restitution to the heirs of Richard Semmel for a painting in its collection that was looted from Semmel in the N**i era. http://bit.ly/semmel-restitution

Dutch Art Museum Overrides Restitution Panel, Will Pay 200,000 Euros to Heirs of Jewish Man for Painting He Was Forced to Sell by the N***s Bernardo Strozzi’s 1635 painting Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well. Photo: public domain. Despite a recommendation not to …

A Jigsaw Explorer Jigsaw Puzzle 05/01/2021

A Jigsaw Explorer Jigsaw Puzzle

Here's another puzzle for you to try featuring the title page of “50 [Fuftsiḳ] yor lebn : zamlbukh geṿidmet Meʾir Ḳasṭof tsu zayn 50-yoriḳn geburṭsṭog” published in 1935. (50 Years: A collection dedicated to Meir Kastoff in honor of his 50th birthday.) #fromtheyivolibrary

Meir Kastoff was president of the Hebrew-American Typographer’s Union.

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A Taste of Rome’s Historic Jewish Cuisine 04/30/2021

A Taste of Rome’s Historic Jewish Cuisine

Join celebrated cookbook author Leah Koenig for an online cooking demonstration highlighting some of Rome's best dishes.

A Taste of Rome’s Historic Jewish Cuisine On Zoom | Wednesday, May 12 at 1:00pm (ET)

Ghetto Fighters' House Museum 04/30/2021

Ghetto Fighters' House Museum

Join international experts from the academic and museum world, incl. YIVO's Karolina Ziulkoski, to hear about their research and insights into the world of Jewish children during the Holocaust, and how museums represent their stories in the 21st century. http://bit.ly/25-Yad-LaYeled

Ghetto Fighters' House Museum The Ghetto Fighters' House archive continues its collection of archival materials: artifacts, photographs and documents from the years preceding World War II, from the war period, as well as from the first years after the liberation.

Dutch museum will pay $240K to owners of N**i-looted painting it won't return - Jewish Telegraphic Agency 04/30/2021

Dutch museum will pay $240K to owners of N**i-looted painting it won't return - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle has agreed to give $240,000 to the descendants of Jewish Holocaust victims who under duress sold the 1635 painting “Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well” by Bernardo Strozzi.

Dutch museum will pay $240K to owners of N**i-looted painting it won't return - Jewish Telegraphic Agency The Netherlands has a divergent and controversial policy that results in non-restitution citing the public's interest in access to culture.

Leftists on Left-Wing Antisemitism 04/29/2021

Leftists on Left-Wing Antisemitism

This unique panel brings together Sina Arnold, Shane Burley, Keith Kahn-Harris, and Joshua Leifer, four scholars and activists on the Left who have a range of views, to discuss conflicting notions of what Left antisemitism consists of, where different parts of the Left stand in relation to this issue, how the Left addresses or ignores the issue, and constructive ways this issue can be dealt with.

Leftists on Left-Wing Antisemitism On Zoom | Tuesday, May 4 at 1:00pm (ET)

Spots still remaining! 04/29/2021

Spots still remaining!

Immerse yourself in the Yiddish language and Jewish culture for an unforgettable summer, all from the comfort of home.

Spots still remaining! 6-week program, taking place on Zoom

Timeline Photos 04/28/2021

Commemoration of first anniversary of the liberation. Germany, April 28, 1946. #fromtheyivoarchives #onthisday

Commemoration of first anniversary of the liberation. Germany, April 28, 1946. #fromtheyivoarchives #onthisday

[04/28/21]   Join us live on YouTube now for Cry, My Heart, Cry: Songs from Testimonies in the Fortunoff Video Archive, Vol. 2: https://youtu.be/D-wBwZ5Hmr4

Our Story

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research was founded by scholars and intellectuals in Vilna, Poland, in 1925 to document and study Jewish life in all its aspects: language, history, religion, folkways, and material culture. YIVO had a special focus on the Jews of Eastern Europe, but collected books, manuscripts and other artifacts from Jewish communities around the world. It grew to be a beloved communal institution with active members from Buenos Aires to Shanghai.

World War II and the Holocaust forced YIVO’s relocation to New York in 1940. Its collections in Vilna were looted by the Nazis. Jews were forced to sort through YIVO's materials and many risked their lives to smuggle some of the rare treasures to hiding places in the Vilna Ghetto. With the help of the U.S. Army, YIVO was able to recover some of the materials that the Nazis seized and begin its work anew in America. After the war, some of the materials hidden in the ghetto were recovered, but needed to be rescued once again, this time from the Soviets. A courageous Lithuanian librarian, Antanas Ulpis, kept them hidden for over 40 years. Rediscovered in 1988, these materials are now held in the Lithuanian Central State Archives and Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania.

Today, YIVO’s collections are the primary source of the documentary history of East European Jewry and the surviving record of millions of lives of Jewish victims of the Holocaust. YIVO brings treasures from its library and archives to broad audiences via a rich array of programs, including lectures, concerts, and exhibitions; adult education and Yiddish-language programs and courses; books and scholarly publications; and fellowships for scholars.

In 2015, YIVO launched The Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Collections Project, a landmark digital initiative to reunites YIVO’s divided prewar library and archival collections and remnants of the famed Strashun Library through a dedicated web portal. In 2017, 170,000 pages of previously unknown documents, lost to history for almost 70 years , were discovered in Vilnius, Lithuania. The project is a partnership between the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, the Lithuanian Central State Archives, the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, and the Wroblewski Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, and includes the cataloging, conservation, and digitization of documents and books in both New York and Vilnius.

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