A new page has been launched to provide selected articles from the English edition of the Lithuanian Jewish Community’s Jerusalem of Lithuania. The newspaper was regularly published in four separate editions (English, Lithuanian, Russian and Yiddish) from 1989 to early 2011. These selections are from the years 1999-2011, when the quadrilingual publication was edited by Milan Chersonski, now a senior staff writer at Defending History. The page is being developed in close consultation with Mr. Chersonski.
The issues of the newspaper are an invaluable repository of life and times in one of Eastern Europe’s small but remarkably vibrant and courageous post-Soviet Jewish communities. The paper reflected a diversity of materials (and opinions!) and was known for spotting new young talent in the community; recording people’s accomplishments; keeping vibrant the storied history of Vilna and Litvak Jewry; crediting Lithuanian intellectuals who speak out courageously; and bravely doing battle with historic revisionism and falsification, antisemitism, and glorification of fascism, however high and powerful the opponent.