The Vanished World of Lithuanian Jews
The Lithuanian Jews, Litvaks, played an important and unique role not only within the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, but in a wider context of Jewish life and culture in Eastern Europe, too. The changing world around them at the end of the nineteenth century and during the first decades of the twentieth had a profound impact not only on the Jewish communities, but also on a parallel world of the “others,” that is, those who lived with them side by side. Exploring and demonstrating this development from various angles is one of the themes and objectives of this book. Another is the analysis of the Shoah, which ended the centuries of Jewish culture in Lithuania: a world of its own had vanished within months. This book, therefore, “recalls” that vanished world. In doing so, it sheds new light on what has been lost.The papers presented in this collection were delivered at the international conferences in Nida (1997) and Telšiai (2001), Lithuania. Participants came from Israel, the USA, Great Britain, Poland, Russia, Belarus, Germany, and Lithuania.
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Darius Staliūnas Changes in the Political Situation
Vladas Sirutavičius Notes on the Origin and Development
Eglė Bendikaitė Expressions of Litvak ProLithuanian
Česlovas Laurinavičius Lithuanian General Aspects
Verena Dohrn State and Minorities The First Lithuanian
Yitzhak Arad The Murder of the Jews in GermanOccupied
Gershon Greenberg Holocaust and Musar for the Telšiai
Dean Lithuanian Participation in the Mass
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