Virtual Yiddish Mini-Museum of Jewish Life in Interwar Lithuania




מוזייעלע פון יידישן לעבן אין דער קאָוונער ליטע

Mažasis žydų gyvenimo tarpukario Lietuvoje muziejus

ESTABLISHED IN 2018 IN HONOR OF THE CENTENARY OF THE RISE OF INDEPENDENT, DEMOCRATIC LITHUANIA IN 1918

by Dovid Katz
See also: Yiddish Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna

EXHIBITS TO DATE 

1919

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The 28 October 1919 issue of Kaunas’s Zionist Yiddish daily Di Yídishe shtíme


1922

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Letter in German from Lithuania’s Jewish Affairs Minister Max Soloveichik to his Weimar counterpart


1923

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Lithuanian-Yiddish Dictionary compiled by the Brothers Kolodni with Lithuanian language editing by Stasys Dabušis and Yiddish language editing by “D.G.”


1923 (b)

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Yiddish deposit slip from the Kaunas Jewish People’s Bank


1925

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Yiddish-Lithuanian state marriage certificate issued confirming 1922 wedding of Míne Kan and Abromas Simonas Fleišmanas (Avrom-Shímen Fleishman) in Žeimelis (Zeyml)


1925 (b)

Š. Vulfartaitė’s shop, on Daukšos gatvę 28 in Kaunas, representing the Riga company “Nova”, issues a receipt to the Boys’ Shelter Society on 23 October 1925. Her bilingual letterhead proudly depicts the silver medal the company won at the 1923  Lithuanian Agricultural Exhibition.


1926

Dovid Lipman’s corner electrical shop, on the corner of Petro St (Yiddish Yátkever gas) and Luksio (Yiddish Vilkomirer), uses Khashmál, the Hebrew word for “electricity” as the name of the business, and boasts a separate section for cosmetics and perfume.


1928

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Textbook in Marijampolė (Maryámpl, Márnpol) to teach children Lithuanian through the medium of Hebrew


1929

The Kaunas “Society for the Holy Child Jesus” places its order for apron cloth, oil cloth and canvas with M. Tabatshnik’s dry good store on the city’s central boulevard, in July of 1929.


1929 (b)

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Postcard on bilingual Yiddish-Lithuanian stationery from the Solsky Brothers and Sh. Kh. Broyde in Kazlų Rūda (Kazlove-Rúde) to the Priest of Šeštokai (Shestok)


1931

Meyshe writes from Memel (Klaipeda) to his brother Motl in Kharkov (Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR), with all kinds of family news, musing: “I recently turned 34 and you’ll soon be 33 Our years go by, they run, and the two of us have still built nothing for ourselves, we’re building other worlds, and we’ve forgotten about ourselves.” There is also news of their sister Shéynke who has moved to the Land of Israel…


1932

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Mazltof telegram (in modern Hebrew in Lithuanian transcription) from Marijampolė (Márnpol) to Kaunas (Kóvne) wishing the newlywed couple all the best


1935

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Kaunas Professor N. Šapira (Chaim-Nachman Shapira) Publishes a Book on Modern Jewish Poems about Vilna


1938

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Envelope on trilingual (Hebrew-English-Lithuanian) stationery  of letter from Rabbi Yitskhok-Isaac Sher, head of Slabodka Yeshiva in Kaunas (Kovno) to Philadelphia


1941

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Prescription in Ukmergė (Vílkomir) in Lithuanian and Yiddish, issued by Dr. A. Karlinsky for Mrs. Joffe


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