Tag Archives: “Dovid Katz”


“A sad day for modern democratic Lithuania and its people, who deserve better, for the memory of the Holocaust, for efforts to halt the glorification of elimination of ethnic minorities, and for European ethics”

Seimas Votes to Declare 2021 as Year to Honor Alleged Holocaust Collaborator

Vote is 91 for and one abstention at final session before summer recess. No votes against.

Cnaan Liphshiz in JTA on Lithuanian Parliament’s Plan to Name 2021 for Alleged Participant in June 1941 Kaunas Garage Massacre; in Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel; European Jewish Congress

AJC & LJC FOLLOW DEFENDING HISTORY’S LEAD

Defending History’s Initial Report

See DH section  on Collaborators Glorified; Academic background on collaborator glorification in the context of “Double Genocide” revisionism

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European Jewish Congress Reports on Ruta Bloshtein’s Petition to Save Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery from Convention Center Project:  51,000 Have Signed to Date 

Local, International Opposition Growing by Day


LJC’s Video of Dieckmann-Vanagaite 25 June Book Launch

THE BACKGROUND. RECENT BOOKS IN THE DEBATE


Chief Historian of State Sponsored  Genocide Center is Key Speaker at Events Glorifying June 23rd; Evening Event under Banner of Two Holocaust Collaborators

Defending History was there to monitor the events. Julius Norwilla’s photo gallery.

Dr. Arūnas Bubnys, chief historian at the state-sponsored Genocide Center in Vilnius and long-time member of the state-sponsored “International Historical Commission” proudly appears under the banner of two heinous Holocaust collaborators, J.  Noreika and K. Škirpa, at an event glorifying the day, 23 June 1941, that murder and mayhem broke out against the country’s defenseless Jewish citizens.

Škirpa with Hitler in Berlin


Remembering June 23rd 1941: Why Would Anyone in the EU Want to Celebrate the Outbreak of the Baltic Holocaust under Guise of “Rebellion”?

Outbreak of mass murder, injury, pillage and humiliation of  defenseless Jewish neighbors by  the LAF (Lithuanian Activist Front) and others before arrival of first Nazi forces. Soviet forces were fleeing Hitler’s Operation Barbarossa — not the local Hitler allies. The real heroes of the day are Lithuanians (and Latvians, Estonians, Ukrainians and others) who risked everything to just do the right thing and save a neighbor from these Hitlerist organizations…

Defending History’s section on June 23rd events & issues in previous years. Background on the history. New English edition of Leyb Koniuchowsky’s compendium of testimonies now available online.

Online town hall on European Holocaust Denial is organized in the US. All welcome

Here in Vilnius: Lithuanian parliament (Seimas) schedules 10:30 AM (Vilnius time) press conference. Fears rising that this will be yet another effort to glorify June 23rd and the outbreak of the Lithuanian Holocaust at the hands of the LAF, provisional gov. and assorted other local Hitler allies. Speakers include members of Seimas, Genocide Center and Red-Brown Commission…

Far Right Will Honor Nazi Collaborators on 23rd at 6 PM in central Vilnius. Defending History will be there to monitor the event


Who’s Gonna Welcome Folks to a Convention Center in the Middle of the Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery?

Dramatic Developments for Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery, Still Slated to Become Vilnius Convention Center

Petition by Ruta Bloshtein, Vilnius native and resident, reaches 51,000 signatures. Defending History reports. Bloshtein’s articles.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo receives multifaith plea from Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim leaders and key human rights organizations.

Two new websites launched: Save Vilna (US and Israel) and Respect the Cemetery (Vilnius); Both efforts entail Christian-Jewish (& Lithuanian-Litvak) alliance. Vilnius project announces 14 June public event. Latest report by Andrius Kulikauskas.

Elected chairman of Vilnius Jewish Community, representing vast majority of Lithuania’s Jews, reaffirms VJC’s firm opposition to desecration of the cemetery.

UCSJ joins the endeavor from Washington DC.

Defending History has been on the case for “five long years” and helped inspire international opposition to a convention center that would never be sited in an old cemetery of the majority religion population. See the latest.


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BOOKS IN THE DEBATE


Will the Lithuanian Defense Ministry add a “health warning” to its page glorifying a Nazi collaborator?

Lithuania’s Defense Ministry magazine glorifies Nazi collaborator and Holocaust cheerleader Kazys Škirpa on its front cover and in a massive article. See reactions from the Lithuanian Jewish Community and G. Gochin’s Times of Israel blog, and Defending HistorySEE OUR REPORT.

Incredibly, the Defense Ministry still flaunts the cover on its website (as PDF).


Tale of the “Euronote Vilnius Cemetery”: See DH, JTA, AJ

Disturbing video produced by a national tourism agency


May Day in Vilnius: Three major tourism federations united to finance the covering of the old Vilna Jewish cemetery with empty chairs with symbolic 1000-euro notes pasted on (directly above extant graves), symbolizing the economic loss from not rushing ahead with a convention center in the middle of the cemetery.  The 500 year old cemetery, where thousands of citizens of Vilnius lie buried is not mentioned.

Real or photoshopped?

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Solidarity with Minorities in Time of Pandemic?

Some use period for further glorification of Holocaust collaborators; Some tout postcrisis economic renewal from  “Convention Center in the Cemetery” Project in Vilnius

Former foreign minister calls on present FM to renounce views and support state glorification of brutal Holocaust collaborator J. Noreika (after supreme administrative court confirmed during national lockdown the “hero status” of the same collaborator). 

Also: Defense Ministry still adds no disclaimer to its page glorifying Nazi collaborator.

Meanwhile:

“You can’t make this up”: Major economist headlines construction sector revival via Jewish cemetery’s desecration as panacea for Covid-19 doldrums. Then, major national tourism units unite to place a thousand chairs with symbolic euro-notes on top of Vilnius Jewish graves.

Judith Leister reports in Neue Zürcher ZeitungJulius Norwilla in DH.

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For news in Lithuanian, see VieningaLietuva.com

5 YEARS AGO IN DH


March 2020

BALTIC FAR RIGHT’S “MARCHING SEASON” AGAIN GLORIFIES HITLER’S COLLABORATORS

VILNIUS + KAUNAS ON 16 FEB: DH eyewitness report on 16 February march in Vilnius. Organizers again targeted DH staff; 16 Feb in central Kaunas.

VILNIUS 11 MARCH: DH’s report on the run-up.  DH’s eyewitness report of the event.

RIGA 16 MARCH:  West silent as central Riga again gifted for worship of Latvia’s wrtime Waffen SS on Monday March 16th;  Coronavirus ban on rallies results in individuals laying wreaths for Waffen SS at city center’s Liberty Monument


February-March 2020

Linas Vildžiūnas, Lithuania’s Leading Humanist, For Decades Key Educator (and Truth Teller) about the Holocaust, Wins Donskis Award for Tolerance


16 February 2020

Defending History Alone Monitored Torchlit Vilnius Old Town Far-Right March that Glorified Nazi Collaborators J. Noreika and K. Škirpa


9 February 2020

Doyen of Litvak Rabbis Signs Impassioned Decree on Saving Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery from “Convention Center in the Cemetery” Project


BOOKS IN THE DISCUSSION

Alexander Gendler: Khurbm: 1914-1922

Leyb Koniuchowsky & Jonathan Boyarin: The Lithuanian Slaughter of its Jews: Testimonies of 121 Survivors of the Holocaust in Lithuania

Dan Rabinowitz: The Lost Library

Ruta Vanagaite & Efraim Zuroff: Our People: Discovering Lithuania’s Hidden Holocaust

Ruta Vanagaite & Christoph Dieckmann: How Did It Happen? (Our People, Part II. Understanding the Holocaust in Lithuania)



January 2020

Far Right Again Granted Central Vilnius on Feb. 16 Independence Day

They plan to glorify Nazi collaborators ŠkirpaNoreika and Brazaitis

Scene from their 2018 march in the heart of Vilnius (featuring on front banner six Nazi collaborators)…

2018 march in central Vilnius. Photo © DefendingHistory.com

 


January 2020

European Foundation for Human Rights: Progress in Case for Equal Minority Rights for Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery

For the first time a member of the Lithuanian parliament challenges the wisdom of glorifying (and reconstructing) an ugly Soviet dump that was built on Jewish bones of the centuries. See  Kęstutis Masiulis’s new piece in the Lithuanian media. Also, progress in the Vilnius court case is reported in the media, citing comments from Prof. Josif Parasonis. In the report, Turto Bankas (the state’s “property bank”) falsifies history, claiming the unsightly Soviet ruin is outside the cemetery. In fact, the American Embassy confirmed years ago (see point  5) that it “The Sports Palace property indisputably rests in the middle” of the historic cemetery.

Don’t the people of Lithuania (and Europe) deserve a sparkling new and morally clean Vilnius convention center rather than a Soviet-era structure surrounded by five centuries of Jewish graves?


Clemens Heni in Times of Israel on recent Yad Vashem furore

Matt Rubenstein iThe Battleground EU“Changing the Historical Record” 

David Pugliese in the Ottawa Citizen on East European Glorification of Holocaust Collaborators

Julius Norwilla in Vilnius’s 7MD on Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery

Clemens Heni in Times of Israel on dissident thinkers in Germany

Anna Shternshis in Canadian Jews News on Yivo Librarian Debacle (see also DH’s take; list of items approved by “In geveb”)


23 January 2020

VIDEO: Major Litvak Rabbis in Israel and American Christian Evangelist Meet with Lithuania’s Ambassador to Israel to Plea for Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery 

Late Jan. 2020 meeting follows “day of shame” in Vilnius in Dec. 2019, and “hateful libel” against Orthodox Vilnius Jewish woman (Jan. 2020) who launched the international petition; Prof. Shnayer Leiman’s response.


23 January 2020

JTA on Scandal Emanating from Lithuanian Parliamentarian Gumuliauskas’s Proposed Bill to “Fix” Holocaust History

PEACEFUL DEMO PLANNED AT LITHUANIAN EMBASSY IN TEL AVIV ON FRIDAY 24 JAN, 11 AMFBHEBREW POSTER

SEE DEFENDING HISTORY’S TAKE

 


13 January 2020

Defending History Joins Lithuania in Mourning the Fourteen Unarmed Pro-Independence Protesters Murdered by Soviet Forces on 13 Jan. 1991 


10 January 2020

from Dr. Andrius Kulikauskas’s post in BNS and Vakarų Ekspresas

LRT’s “Panorama” runs report on the Soviet sports palace building (timecode: 21:25—25:20), envisaging “hundreds of millions of euros” and “a bag of gold”


2 January 2020

Israeli and Polish Ambassadors to Ukraine Issue Joint Letter Protesting New State Glorification of Holocaust Perpetrators (T.O.I. report by Sam Sokol)


1 January 2020

Antanas Zubrys and Dr. Matilda Zubrienė: Defending History’s Persons of the Year (2020)

Antanas Zubrys and Matilda Zubrienė

A Lithuanian hero of the War of Independence in 1920, one hundred years ago, who went on in 1941, with his wife, to risk their lives and their families and  just do the right thing and save innocent neighbors from the racial genocide underway and supported by their own nation’s “nationalist leaders”… “Someone has to honor Lithuania’s real World War II heroes.” See background on current practice by some East European governments to honor Nazi collaborators (e.g. Lithuanian parliament’s 2018 decision; DH section). See DH’s Person of the Year awards for 201420152018, and 2019.

Updated Litvak One-Stop Shop for 2020

Year of 300th Birthday of the Gaon of Vilna: novel critical approach of Andrius Kulikauskas’s brand new website on calendar of events. Our editor’s papers & articles.

“7 Kingdoms of the Litvaks” is free online


19 December 2019

A “Day of Shame” in Post-Holocaust East European Jewish History?

The upshot? The state owned property bank claims “Jewish support” for “the convention center in the old Jewish cemetery” via the alleged collusion of some London rabbis from the “CPJCE” and the head of the government sponsored Jewish community… But what about the opinion of all the others?


December 2019

Lithuania, a Genuine, Robust Democracy, Continues to Struggle with Free Speech when it Comes to the Holocaust

See Efraim Zuroff in the Jerusalem PostArkadijus Vinokuras in Times of IsraelInstances from the past decade monitored by DH; Section on free speech and democracy. Dovid Katz’s new paper on the (ab)use of law to “fix history” in the Baltics.


Dr. Andrius Kulikauskas founds major new initiative dedicated to Lithuanian-Jewish friendship and sense of common purpose for future of the Grand Duchy heritage by way of open, free and respectful dialogue and inspiring new projects

Program of 16 Dec. Bar Ilan Univeristy conference on Zuroff-Vanagaite book on the Lithuanian Holocaust; Conference report & photos


Nov.-Dec. 2019

Litvak World Shocked by New “Year of Gaon” 10 Euro Coin that Plonks a Symbol Beloved of Far Right onto a Mutilated Jewish Menorah

Defending History has followed the saga for three years

Ruta Bloshtein in Lithuanian in 7md (6 Dec.2019) [PDF of print edition]

Vilnius’s Jewish satirist Motke Chabad shares his own perspective

Ruta Bloshtein (2 Dec.) and Ben Cohen (28 Nov.) in the Algemeiner Journal

Dovid Katz (15 Nov. and 22 Nov.) and Ruta Bloshtein (26 Nov.) in DH

Grant Gochin in The Times of Israel on other painful issues evoked by “Year of Gaon” plans (also on LJC website); See DH’s Seven Simple Solutions on Lithuanian-Jewish issues

More coverage by Algemeiner JournalArutz ShevaEnlace JudíoHaaretzIsrael National NewsJewish ChronicleJTAYNetYNetEspanol, Times of Israel (ToI French edition)

Is it perhaps an opportune moment for the government to abandon plans for a convention center in the heart of the old Vilna Jewish cemetery, where hundreds of the Gaon’s ancestors and descendants still lie buried? International petition continues to grow.


Autumn 2019

AP on Streets Newly Named in Kiev for Nazi Collaborators

Clemens Heni in Portal for Political Science

Justin Ward in Medium on History Revisionism in Hungary

Andrius Kulikauskas in Bernardinai on Vilnius Jewish Cemetery Saga; Chief Rabbi of South Africa Weighs In; But NY Yivo stages PR event for government’s positions only

Aleksandr Kuzmin in DH on Latvian Defense Minister’s Glorification of Waffen-SS; Jewish Voice on History of Latvian Holocaust

Cnaan Liphshiz in Times of Israel (French) on Holocaust Museums 

George N. Tzogopoulos at Begin-Sadat Center on Israel’s Role; See DH’s Israel Page


23 Sept. 2019

International Coverage of Vilnius’s Day of Prayer, Plea & Protest for the Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery at Piramónt

Dr. Andrius Kulikauskas’s keynote address; Report (+ photo gallery) in Lithuania’s 15min.ltLRT evening news (from timecode 4:56). European Foundation for Human Rights

Letter from South Africa’s chief rabbi to Lithuania’s president

London CPJCE “Jewish grave traders” are called to face charges at the Jerusalem rabbinical court. In London, a “Serious Incident” report is filed with the United Kingdom’s Charity Commission. Background on CPJCE’s Vilnius outrage. The video.


Canadian Govt. Officials “Duped” into Participating in Honors for Ukraine’s OUN / UPA Hitler Collaborators

Reports in National Post and Ottawa Citizen

Defending History’s Take: “Canada, a bastion of enlightened liberalism in today’s world, has blundered into a moral mouse-trap. Hopefully its highest leaders will now rapidly correct the error and join all those around the world who condemn the Nazis and their collaborators’ rampages of ethnic-based mass murder and genocide in World War II era Eastern Europe.”


23 September 2019

Monday September 23 in Vilnius

Day of Prayer and Respectful Challenge to Spare Old Jewish Cemetery at Piramónt (Šnipiškės) from Plans to Site a Convention Center in its Heart

Sign Ruta Bloshtein’s Petition       See the International Support       DH Section


Sept. 2019

A Decade of Defending History

Defending History marks its 10th anniversary in Sept. 2019

9 years ago7 years ago.  5 years ago3 years ago.

Come and browse old issues; first post; mission statement; Samples of coverage over the years by Ricky Ben-David in the Jerusalem Post; Arne Bengtsson in Baltic World; Daniel Brook in Slate; Bernard Dichek in Jerusalem Report; Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian; Avi Friedman in Mishpacha; Cindy Mindell in the Jewish Ledger; Rod Nordland in the New York Times; Wendy Robbins on BBC World Service. 

Documentary films: Danny Ben-Moshe’s Rewriting History; Richard Bloom’s Defending Holocaust History

PLEASE SUPPORT DH’S CONTINUED PUBLICATION


9 Sept. 2019

Vilnius is Shamed by Brand New Noreika Plaque Glorifying a Holocaust Collaborator

Calls for government to rapidly “do the right thing: take it down”

Thursday 5 September:  Crowd glorifying Holocaust collaborator screams “Noreika” as new plaque is affixed on public space in central Vilnius. Photo: J. Stecevičius/LRT

Reports in Delfi.lt;   Lrt.lt;   15min.lt

Vilnius mayor calls plaque “illegal”Faina Kukliansky issues powerful statement of protestBNS; Baltic Times reports that sciences library is quite happy with its new plaque; JTA report

So far, a wall of public  silence from the “Yiddish-loving culture minister“, from  Yivo, and from the Western and Israeli embassies in Lithuania

Defending History’s take: “A very sad day for Lithuania and its proud ages-old  tradition of Grand Duchy tolerance and its current record as a successful democracy. Ten years after Defending History published images of the plaque honoring Noreika, seven years after Evaldas Balciunas brought the issue to the English speaking world, and one month after Vilnius’s bold mayor boldly had the plaque removed, a mob of antisemites who celebrate the Holocaust’s perpetrators have put up an even shinier plaque, rapidly declared to be illegal by the mayor. The text of the new plaque is rather worse from the viewpoint of historic honesty, by referring to Noreika’s imprisonment by the Nazis at one point (the phenomenon of “Holocaust envy”), as if that makes a hero of a brutal Holocaust collaborator. Lithuania’s great people deserve better! Hopefully, the nation’s highest powers will remove the plaque without further delay, in the name of the rule of law, the nation’s standing, and basic human decency. See DH’s sections on:  J. NoreikaCollaborators Glorified; the 2019 midsummer events that presaged the latest events.  


August 2019

Bravo to Hizzoner Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius


Sam Sokol in JTA

Jillian Deutsch in Politico

Deutsche Welle

Vilna Jewish Cemetery Petition Hits 46,000 Mark

Lithuanian Jewish Community Reports on State Investigation of “Red-Brown Commission” Chief (background; video)

Vilna-born Holocaust survivor Prof. Pinchos Fridberg’s “enormous courage” in challenging “perpetrator whitewashing” by nationalist icon V. Landsbergis

Prof. Pinchos Fridberg  ©DefendingHistory.com

See Pinchos Fridberg section; DH’s 2012 take on LandsbergisMeanwhile, controversial official head of gov. sponsored Jewish community, eminent attorney Ms. Faina Kukliansky, wins acclaim for (finally) standing up to Landsbergis, after he used crude anti-Jewish ethnic slur on FB; Baltic Times features a rude reply with no pretense of evenhanded journalism. EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis speaks out (see DH’s Andriukaitis section, and his classic statements on the Seventy Years Declaration and the reburial of wartime Nazi puppet prime minister in 2012).

Polish government glorifies unit that fought for the Nazis

Prominent Vilnius historian publishes article in mainstream media complaining that too many “foreign Jews” have been included in the state-sponsored history commission


9 Aug. 2019

Ten years after Defending History published images of the plaques. Seven years after DH’s Evaldias Balčiūnas brought the case of J. Noreika to the English speaking world. Four years after Dr. Andrius Kulikauskas‘s classic DH essay on K. Škirpa: 

Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius Leads City Council Decision to Rename “Škirpa Street” and Personally Orders Removal of Noreika Plaque in 4 AM Raid

Official Lithuanian Jewish Community Closes Premises and Synagogue on  6-8 Aug. in View of Threats, Citing Conservative Party’s Ongoing Campaign to Glorify Holocaust Collaborators

At Aug. 7 central Vilnius rally in support of continued glorification of Holocaust collaborators. Sign at left: “Stop Judaeophile vandalism”. Poster at right asks if it is still Lithuania or already the Northern Jerusalem…

Media coverage: AFPAJ,  AP/WAPOA7BBCBS,  EJCIHJNS,   JTA,  TOI 

Statement issued by Vilnius Jewish Community;  JTA reports of 6. Aug; 7 Aug; 8 Aug (+TOI); LJC’s circulated reply to VJC

Baltic Times gives big-time coverage to Landsbergis’s attack on official Jewish community leader Kukliansky. Will they provide equal space for the community’s response?

Aug. 7 rally demanded restoration of public space plaques and street names that glorify Holocaust collaborators held at Mindaugas Monument; Baltic Times’s “shamefully one-sided” report in far right spirit of trivializing glorification of Holocaust perpetrators

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Poster advertising Aug. 7th rally blasts mayor who took action against glorification of collaborators, shows Jewish and gay pride symbols as the culprits

Photoshopped version of painting by F. Reshetnikov depicts several boys observing what seems like a Jewish-LGBT event from around the corner. Text at top reads “Škirpa and Vėtra [Noreika] are heroes of Lithuania”. The lower text depicts a rooster (“gaidys” in Lithuanian, used as a homophobic slur) and is labeled “Šimašius”, i.e., the current Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius who recently led efforts to remove public glorification of two Holocaust collaborators.  Text at bottom: “Let’s defend the heroes of Lithuania! Rally under the Mayor’s windows, by the monument of King Mindaugas. August 7 (Wed.), from 18:00 to 19:30.”

Question: Will the Roskies & Fishman “Yiddish PR conference” financed to deflect attention from the painful issues, publish a morally clear statement of protest (and support for the Jewish community)? Do conference participants appreciate concerns they are being used as “useful Jewish idiots” (UJIs) in the wider effort to rewrite Holocaust history and cover for blatant antisemitism?

Are they aware of the systematic exclusion from their conference of all the local Jewish scholars in this field who have expressed disagreement with the glorification of Holocaust collaborators (including Holocaust survivors who have written about Jewish Vilna)? Will they consider signing Ruta Bloshtein’s petition on the old Vilna Jewish cemetery?

BACKGROUND: See DH sections on collaborators glorifiedNoreika saga; Ramanauskas saga; seven Lithuanian-Jewish issues that could be easily resolved; academic background. the Seventy Years Declaration (SYD). signed by 71 European parliamentarians including eight valiant Lithuanian MPs and MEPs.


1 August 2019

“It Pays to Defend History”

Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius Orders Removal of Memorial Plaque for Holocaust Collaborator J. Noreika

According to reports, city’s removal squad came 4 AM on 27 July; see now: the nationalist backlash (2); new president falls back on “more discussions needed” ignoring years of such discussions.  JTA report. Vilnius prosecutors considering challenges to mayor’s action. Vilnius’s Prof. Pinchos Fridberg takes the battle  over glorifying Hitler collaborators right to Vytautas Landsbergis. Meanwhile, Conservative Party’s Landsbergis Jr. hits back and official Jewish community exposes antisemitic slur on his FB page.

Vilnius mayor Remigijus Šimašius

A seven year saga since Defending History’s Evaldas Balčiūnas brought the Noreika case to the English speaking world in 2012

Lithuanian author & ethicist Evaldas Balčiūnas

For years Mr. Balčiūnas was hounded by police, prosecutors and kangaroo hearings (scroll down to May 2014)

Over the years, Defending History’s campaign won support from the Simon Wiesenthal Center; the Rambam Mesivta High School that staged a peaceful demonstration at Lithuania’s consulate in New York; Noreika’s granddaughter, American author Silvia Foti; and Californian Litvak scion Grant Gochin, who took Vilnius’s “Genocide Center” to court. The GC’s public statement revealed its true view on the Holocaust. Dr. Andrius Kulikauskas is curator of online Captain Noreika Museum.

Follow the mayor’s impressive personal trajectory on these issues over the years

Marble Noreika stone continues to mar capital’s central boulevard

NEXT QUESTION:

The mayor will hopefully soon speak out on fate of Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery, slated to become a convention center, that would damage Vilnius’s brand for generations  to come. Vilnius native Ruta Bloshtein’s petition now has over 46,000 signatures from every part of the world.


24 July 2019

Vilnius City Council Finally Decides to Change Name of Škirpa Street

Vote is  20 to 16

Defending History brought the issue to the international community in 2010

See Dr. Andrius Kulikauskas’s classic 2015 Defending History paper on Škirpa; Vilnius City Council efforts by Mark Harold

Report by JTA

Prof. Pinchos Fridberg and Ruta Kaplinskaya concerned by report that new street name will be accompanied by new plaque glorifying Škirpa yet again

Škirpa is in the middle (Berlin, 1941)

Changing toxic street names that glorify Hitler collaborators is high on the list of the very easy things Lithuania needs to do to achieve justice on the irksome history issues that will just not go away. See DH’s seven solutions compiled with the help of the late Dr. Shimon Alperovich.

But what about Škirpa Street in Kaunas, which is slated to be “Capital of European Culture” in 2022?


July 2019

Ukraine’s Constitutional Court Affirms “Red Equals Brown” Law

Radio Free Europe (Radio Liberty) report fails to inform readers of the Double Genocide issues and abuse of history to further far-right Holocaust revisionism that includes glorification of Holocaust collaborators

LEV GOLINKIN IN THE WASHINGTON POST

EFRAIM ZUROFF IN THE JERUSALEM POST

ROBERT ROZETT IN ISRAEL JOURNAL OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

GRANT GOCHIN IN THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

IVAN KATCHANOVSKI ON UKRAINE’S UPA & OUP  


June-July 2019

More Lithuanian Government Glories & Medals for “Useful Jewish Enablers” of Baltic Holocaust Revisionism


June 2019

California Resident Grant Gochin Appeals Vilnius Court Ruling that Whitewashed Notorious Holocaust Collaborator Jonas Noreika

IHRA weighs inMore reaction.  For first time (?), Lithuanian TV presents both sides.

The Question: Will an EU/NATO democracy continue to sink government funds into  glorification of Holocaust collaborators? Don’t the Lithuanian people have higher values and causes into which to invest their hard-earned taxpayer money?

FOLLOW THE SEVEN YEAR NOREIKA SAGA IN DEFENDING HISTORY


23 June 2019

Kaunas (Slated to be 2022 “Capital of European Culture”)  Hosts Far-Right (/Neo-Nazi) City Center Jamboree Honoring June 23 “Uprising” that Unleashed the Destruction of Lithuanian Jewry in 1941

In Vilnius, the parliament (Seimas) hosts a one-sided conference on the LAF (Lithuanian Ativist Front) Hitlerist militias that unleashed violence on Jewish neighbors before German forces even arrived.

Meanwhile, a naive article in National Review accepts the distorted history of Vilnius’s “Genocide Museum” (see our critique of the museum), that calls the Hitlerist  “Lithuanian Activist Front” (LAF)’s outbreak of violence against Jewish neighbors a  rebellion against the Soviets. The brutal Soviet occupation forces were fleeing Hitler’s invasion (the largest in human history), not the LAF Jew-killers.

These killers didn’t fire a single shot against the Soviets when they were in power. You can’t “rebel” against someone who is in panic running away from someone else. . . The Holocaust is being rewritten by the East European far right (in part to make heroes out of the Eastern European collaborators) even as leaders of major Jewish organization in the US and elsewhere remain silent.


16 June 2019

The Good Old Pattern Continues in Biržai (Birzh), Northern Lithuania:

A magnificent new memorial to thousands of Holocaust victims at the mass grave in the forest.

Honors, medals and photo-ops for the foreign donors and enablers.

The official museum in the city center continues to honor Holocaust collaborators and perpetrators as “national heroes”, an issue not mentioned at any of the public events.


June 2019

State Glorification for Chaplain of a Holocaust-era Mass Murder Unit;  Simon Wiesenthal Center Speaks Out

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Chone Leibovich of Vilnius Jewish Community appeals to National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry (scroll down for English)


May-June 2019

A Sad Story for Chicago and Lithuania

that is ‘not going away’

UPDATE OF JUNE 1: Head of Jewish Agency calls for  monument to Nazi collaborator to be removed “as soon as possible”

In Vilnius, Defending History staff get more death threats

First monument on American soil glorifying a wartime Nazi collaborator who is also a prime icon for his country’s neo-Nazis today was inaugurated last month (May 4) in the presence of the visiting Lithuanian foreign minister

LATEST MEDIA: Algemeiner; BBC; GrayzoneIndependent; Simon Wiesenthal CenterTelegraph. And—Defending History’s take.

On Ramanauskas’s Holocaust-era role see courageous, pioneering articles of Lithuanian ethicist Evaldas Balčiūnas in 20142017 and his latest that has just appeared. For years after starting his series of articles “Why does the state commemorate murderers?” Balčiūnas was hounded by prosecutors and police (scroll to May 2014).

UPDATES: HOW THE “OFFICIAL JEWISH COMMUNITY” WAS USED AND ABUSED

RAMANAUSKAS: A FIVE YEAR SAGA

WAS THE US EMBASSY AGAIN DRAGGED INTO THINGS THAT DON’T REFLECT AMERICAN VALUES?

Beyond the debates over Ramanauskas’s role in the early days of the Lithuanian Holocaust, he is today  a major icon for Neo-Nazi parades and events.

From left to right on the neo-Nazis’ “We know our national heroes” banner (torchlit neo-Nazi parade of Feb. 2018): Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas,  Jonas Noreika,  Povilas Plechavičius,  Kazys Škirpa,  Antanas Baltūsis-Žvejas, and Juozas Ambrazevičius-Brazaitis

Latest far-right death threats  against DH editor appear on Facebook (as PDF; transl.). They were apparently instigated by the  neo-Nazis’ top blogger in Lithuania, “Zeppelinus”  (PDF; part transl.) who is said to work in the Ministry of the Economy. These threats came in response to DH’s opinion that Lithuania’s interests are not best served by a monument in Chicago to an alleged Holocaust collaborator who is also a prime icon for today’s neo-Nazi parades here. Samples of Zeppelinus’s racist, misogynistic, homophobic, antisemitic output of hate. Some of his earlier “artwork” on DH editor. 

This monument, honoring Adolfas Ramanauskas (Vanagas), who boasted in his memoirs of leading an LAF unit of fascist Hiterlist militia during the first weeks of the Holocaust (June-July 1941) in southeastern Lithuania, was overwhelmingly rejected for placement on public land by New Britian, Connecticut one year ago.  But on Saturday, 4 May  it was inaugurated by Lithuania’s foreign minister on the private property of the Lithuanian World Center in Chicago, Illinois. The English news release casually omits the reference to the Holocaust  issues cited in the original BNS Lithuanian report

On the legacy of Ramanauskas, see Evaldas Balčiūnas (in 20142017 and 2019); Efraim Zuroff and the Simon Wiesenthal Center; and Dovid Katz. Defending History documented the entire 2017-2018 New Britain, Conn. saga. Sampling of survivor testimony on “what it was that the LAF was doing” in the last week of June 1941.  SEE DEFENDING HISTORY’S SECTION ON ADOLFAS RAMANAUSKAS.

Defending History’s take: “The people of Chicago, and its proud Lithuanian and Litvak communities, should not have foisted on them a monument glorifying an alleged Holocaust collaborator who led a Hitlerist militia in the early days of the Holocaust, a monument that was overwhelmingly rejected by the New Britain, Connecticut city council one year ago. And, most certainly not without a free, public and transparent process of dialogue and consultation including Holocaust survivors and their families, as well as scholars and institutions representing a diversity of opinions. A one-year moratorium is called for to enable such a process to proceed with dignity.”


3 May 2019

Latest on State Honors for Holocaust Collaborator J. Noreika in Lithuania

HUNDREDS OF JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PROTEST OUTSIDE LITHUANIAN CONSULATE IN NEW YORK CITY

TRACK THE SEVEN-YEAR OLD NOREIKA SAGA HERE

DEFENDING HISTORY’S SECTION ON COLLABORATORS GLORIFIED


28 April 2019

EUROPEAN FOUNDATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS PROTESTS EU FUNDING FOR VILNIUS MUSIC JAMBOREE ON WEEKEND  OF 27-28 APRIL IN THE HEART OF CITY’S OLD JEWISH CEMETERY

PDF OF NEW STATEMENT

As addendum to EFHR’s  case filed; international opposition; petition reaching 46,000 mark

Recent coverage in the Algemeiner Journal; English Delfi.lt (Lithuania Tribune); Jerusalem Post;

INCREDIBLY, M. K. ČIURLIONIS HOUSE & MUSEUM ARE PARTNERING

Protest letter from Julius Norwilla, chairman of the Vilnius Committee for Preservation of Piramont (Snipiskes) Cemetery to the Director of the Čiurlionis House and Museum

DEFENDING HISTORY MONITORING TEAM WAS ON THE SCENE FROM 12 TO 3 PM ON 28 APRIL 2019

Thousands (in groups of 25) were misinformed by guides’  prepared text assurance that convention center is with permission of “European Jewish Community in 2016” (!). Soviet kitsch was praised effusively in latest ruse to turn hated Soviet dump into “a national treasure”. Rabbi S. J. Feffer confronts one of the groups with a heartfelt speech of protest informing visitors of the “wanton theft of our forefathers’ graves” and blessing those who will help stop the travesty from moving forward.

MORE IN DEFENDING HISTORY

Meanwhile in London, a Serious Incident Report has been filed with the UK’s national Charity Commission requesting an investigation of the role of the CPJCE in the destruction of the Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery.

Unique study in body language: “blockbuster video” of London CPJCE staff allegedly morally selling other people’s graves against the rulings of all the rabbis of Vilnius and of the planet.  In fact, when the then chief rabbi of Lithuania, Rabbi Chaim Burshtein, spoke up in 2015, he was fired for expressing his views. Views of Rabbi S.J. Feffer (leading Litvak religious authority in the country) and Rabbi S.B. Krinsky (official rabbi of the synagogue / Chabad Lithuania).

The Wikileaks cable that just will not go away (jump to end of point 8)

Ruta Bloshtein’s petition approaches 46,000

Overviews by  Shnayer Leiman, Juris KažaMichael Maass, Dovid Katz, and Vilna-born Holocaust survivor Pinchos Fridberg; Statements by elected head of Vilnius Jewish Community Simon Gurevich

SEE MORE


24 April 2019

Granddaughter of Holocaust perpetrator J. Noreika, the American author and educator Silvia Foti launches a bold international petition calling on Lithuania’s gov. to stop glorifying him.

LATEST CHAPTER IN A SAGA OF SEVEN YEARS  

HOW DOES A  JEWISH CITIZEN OF LITHUANIA FEEL ABOUT IT?


23 April 2019

“The rights of minority cemeteries are human rights”

Legal Action Underway on Attempts to Pilfer Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery for National Convention Center

NEWS RELEASE FROM EUROPEAN FOUNDATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

REPORTS IN ENGLISH DELFI (LITHUANIA TRIBUNE); IN THE ALGEMEINER (NY);  BNS/LRT; THE JERUSALEM POST

UPDATE OF 24 APRIL: EUROPEAN UNION FINANCES MUSIC FESTIVAL ON CEMETERY GROUNDS THIS WEEKEND


8 April 2019

Vilnius Plaque Glorifying Holocaust Collaborator J. Noreika is Smashed by Maverick Candidate for the European Parliament, Attorney Stanislavas Tomas

All on film, streamed live Monday morning 8 April 2019, from candidate’s bilingual statements through to his calling the police and their eventual arrival to make the arrest

VIDEO ON YOUTUBE

(plaque smashing at 14:30; English segments at 04:10; 22:40)

Defending History’s comment:

“We unequivocally condemn violent acts against any property. Plaques can and will be replaced, and acts of property violence are totally illegal, inherently unethical, and utterly counterproductive to the noble cause of ridding Europe of glorification of Nazism. There needs to be dignified, peaceful and lawful civic and international pressure for the removal of all state-sponsored, public-space glorification of Holocaust collaborators, not least in Lithuania where some 96% of the Jewish population was massacred with massive local collaboration and participation. The real heroes are the amazing Lithuanians who risked everything in 1941 to just save a neighbor and we pray for the day when plaques and streets for them will abound across the land. See our own Person of the Year for 2018 and 2019.”

On Jonas Noreika’s Holocaust activities, see Evaldas Balčiūnas and Andrius Kulikauskas

Samples of other monuments and street names glorifying Holocaust collaborators.  DH section on glorification of collaborators. The major Noreika monument in Vilnius is actually the engraved marble stone on the city’s central Gedimino Boulevard outside the Genocide Museum:


8 April 2019

Andrius Kulikauskas calls on Lithuanian Parliament to Stand Up to State-Sponsored Genocide Center’s Glorification of Holocaust Collaborators

Dovid Katz interviewed by Stan Tomas (video)

World Jewish Congress Replies to Vilnius Genocide Center; Stops Short of Mentioning Government’s Financing of Street Names and Honors for Holocaust Perpetrators; Official Jewish Community Breaks Long Silence on GC’s Antisemitism


3 April 2019

Eyewitness Report: A Verdict is Read in a Vilnius Court

Case was over the state’s glorification of a cruel Holocaust collaborator and purveyor of racial hate. First time a court in an EU/NATO country ruled in favor of the government glorifying Holocaust collaborators with street names and majestic public plaques, reducing the Holocaust to a detail not worthy of interfering with its perpetrators’ “heroism”…

Verdict came down on 27 March. Since then: utter silence from the US, UK and Israeli embassies in Vilnius, and from the “Red-Brown” Commission (which has affiliations with the Genocide Center) and its foreign members representing Yivo and the American Jewish Committee. But on April 3rd, the World Jewish Congress issued a major statement, to some extent avoiding the current issue of state glorification of Holocaust perpetrators via street names and plaques.

At 1 PM on Wed. March 27th, a Vilnius Administrative Court judge read out the court’s ruling dismissing the query of US resident Grant Gochin over Lithuania’s state glorification of Nazi collaborator Jonas Noreika, active during the Holocaust in the region where Gochin lost around 100 relatives. The court said Mr. Gochin had no material interest, ruled that the state-sponsored Genocide Center had answered his query completely, without bias, and without abuse of power, in effect further enshrining in law an EU/NATO state’s glorification of Holocaust collaborators and perpetrators via the financing of ultranationalist and far-right history centers and departments determined to preserve the national hero status of Holocaust collaborators. Whenever government or municipal officials are asked about the numerous street names and plaques honoring collaborators, the invariable answer is that it is all in fact a matter for the experts at the Genocide Center.

Mr. Gochin’s academic specialist, Dr. Andrius Kulikauskas was on hand along with attorney Rokas Rudzinskas. Of the Genocide Center’s staff, only historian Dr. Arūnas Bubnys turned up, sitting in the small gallery surrounded in part by first and second generation Holocaust survivors who turned out to hear the verdict that the Western embassies, human rights organization and official (state-sponsored) Jewish community thought not worth sending an official representative to hear. By contrast the local Vilnius Jewish Community had two observers on hand.

UPDATES: Genocide Center releases statement; official Jewish community issues reply.

JTA report is picked up by some Israeli papers but not one major American media outlet, general or Jewish… Why is that?

A moment before the courtroom clock strikes 1 PM: Genocide Center’s chief historian Dr. Arūnas Bubnys (front row third from right) was the only GC official to come and hear the verdict.

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SEE FULL REPORT


26 March 2019

Vilnius Court’s Verdict Awaited on Wednesday March 27th

Public welcome at the reading of the verdict at 1 PM at Vilnius Regional Administrative Court, Žygimantų 2 in the city center

Will a court in an EU/NATO country uphold a far-right Holocaust-obfuscating institution’s decision to make a national hero of a documented Holocaust collaborator?

See: Background. Report on 15 Jan. Report on 5 March.

Meanwhile, Bizarre Decision from EU Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg is in Spirit of Far Right’s “Double Genocide” Revisionism

“The New Holocaust Denial is based on a postmodernist mush that confounds victims and perpetrators and tries to write the Holocaust out of history (without denying a single death) via an array of ruses emanating from Eastern Europe’s ultranationalist New Far Right.”

BACKGROUND

DH’s take. Report on 15 Jan. hearing. Report on 5 March hearing. Evaldas Balčiūnas’s 2012 article that brought Noreika to the attention of the English speaking world. Balčiūnas’s DH section.


25 March 2019

Michael Mostyn in the Toronto Sun

Reports on pro-Nazi marches in Vilnius and Riga; Canada condemns Riga’s Waffen SS celebration

English original of part of Lithuanian TV’s interview with Dovid Katz


20 March 2019

Vilnius Jewish Community Invites People of All Backgrounds to Purim Celebration with Traditional Reading of the Book of Esther

Wednesday evening, 20 March, at 7 PM, at the Vilnius Jewish Community & Jewish Cultural and Information Center at Mesiniu 3 in Vilnius Old Town

VJC’s additional family event features the traditional costume party competition on Thursday evening 21st

Just for Litvaks: Translation of the Book of Esther into Lithuanian Yiddish


16 March 2019

AROUND 1000 TAKE PART IN 16 MARCH CENTRAL RIGA PARADE GLORIFYING LATVIA’S WARTIME NAZI WAFFEN SS

DPA;  HaaretzJerusaem Post;  Jüdisches Forum (video)Times of Israel

Detail from the day

Petition against annual event approaches 7,000 signatures

Background: Monica Lowenberg’s blog; DH coverage of previous years’ marches; Lowenberg’s articles in DH; Latvia section. Can people peacefully protest this march? A disturbing court ruling 

Latvian participant in last month’s torchlight march in Vilnius on 16 Feb.


13 March 2019

More Double Dealing by US Taxpayer Supported “Commission to Preserve America’s Heritage Abroad” (USCPAHA)?

Is it Washington DC’s most corrupt federal agency?

Are they really in cahoots with the allegedly corrupt bodies (CPJCE in London, “Admas Kodesh” or “AK” in NY) who gave “permission” for a convention center in the heart of the old Vilna Jewish Cemetery against the views of all other rabbis and ethicists? The NY branch (AK) has published crude personal invective against scholars who hold other opinions, including Prof. Bernard Fryshman (who has now taken USCPAHA to the courts).

VIDEO: Herbert Block’s formal new presentation to a major rabbi cites only USCPAHA’s partnership with these two bodies. No mention of the international petition (which he himself signed…) or the vast international opposition.

Tale of two videos: The CPJCE with the prime minister of Lithuania, and USCPAHA’s Herbert Block explaining his commission’s work to the rabbi in Israel . . . See also earlier Admas Kodesh photo gallery of USCPAHA “reporting to Satmar Rebba in Monroe”… (Note: Leader of the opposing Satmar dynasty has himself condemned the convention center project in Vilnius).

BACKGROUND:

The basic story (DH’s section). International opposition to date. The USCPAHA. The CPJCE.


8 March 2019

After ‘Hearing Both Sides’ at Trial of March  5th, Vilnius Court Sets Verdict for 27th

Dr. Andrius Kulikauskas, moments before his historic address before the Vilnius court on state-funded Genocide Center’s policy of glorifying Holocaust collaborators. The center’s “decisions” are cited by high officials as “justification” for street names, university hall plaques and other public-space state-funded glorifications of Holocaust collaborators. Around 96% of Lithuanian Jewry was massacred in the Holocaust.

Defending History was there. Our take:

Andrius Kulikauskas will go down in history not only as the hero of the day but as the true patriot of Lithuania whose love for his country is not infected by Holocaust obfuscation and the glorification of Holocaust perpetrators but by a pursuit of simple historic truth. By contrast, the Genocide Center’s shameful performance illustrated, as ever, why the government should not be using taxpayer or EU funds for a far-right ultranationalist Holocaust-obfuscating entity that disparages the freedom of Lithuanian citizens to have diverse opinions (by dictating fake history as per the Soviet playbook) and continues to damage Lithuania’s name in the world (East European democracies need state glorification of Holocaust collaborators like a hole in the head).

Evaldas Balčiūnas, whose 2012 article brought the case to international attention, was in attendance. Icing on the cake was the Genocide Center’s demand that the videographer leave at the outset. So much for government sponsorship of an open and transparent operation. There were close to 20 observers, mostly Vilnius Jewish personalities there in an individual capacity, including Prof. Pinchos Fridberg, who figured in a New York Times article on the subject last September. Elected Vilnius Jewish Community head Simon Gurevich, committed elsewhere, nevertheless made two brief appearances to show moral support for those who stand up to glorification of collaborators and to the community members in attendance. The VJC hosted Dr. Kulikauskas on Jan 14th.

“It had the air of a 21st century Lithuanian version of America’s Scopes Monkey Trial.”

Eyewitness reports and opinions by Evaldas Balčiūnas and Gershon Taic (Geršonas Taicas)

Finally, reports began to appear in mainstream Lithuanian media: BNS/Diena.lt; LRTDelfi; Alkas.lt; Arkadijus Vinokuras in Delfi.lt. Official information on the court’s website.

Background: Run-up to eve of the trial

California Financial Planner Takes Lithuania’s State-Sponsored “Genocide Center” to Court on March 5th for Enabling Gov. Glorification of Holocaust Collaborator J. Noreika

   Proceedings are open to the public (Tuesday March 5th, 10 AM at Vilnius Regional Administrative Court at Žygimantų 2 in central Vilnius). Media to date includes the BBC World ServiceChicago TribuneJTA. The plaintiff is California wealth advisor Grant Arthur Gochin whose family lost around 100 relatives in the Holocaust in the area where Noreika operated. He will be represented in Vilnius by attorney Rokas Rudzinskas and specialist Dr. Andrius Kulikauskas, author of the Query that launched the case. He has a compelling letter of support from Noreika’s granddaughter, American educator and author Silvia Foti. See Ms. Foti’s remarkable 2018 essay in Salon, and the recent takes by Grant Gochin, Dovid Katz, Andrius Kulikauskas, and Efraim Zuroff.

  The case of J. Noreika was brought to the English speaking world in 2012 by journalist and ethicist Evaldas Balčiūnas of Šiauliai (Shavl), Lithuania, as part of a series of articles asking why his government honors alleged Holocaust collaborators. He was “rewarded” with years of prosecutorial and police harassment and kangaroo trials. Please scroll down to May 2014 in DH’s Balčiūnas section. In some opinions, Lithuania is a totally free-speech country with the marked exception of Holocaust history.

UTTER SILENCE FROM THE GOV. FUNDED “RED-BROWN COMMISSION” (ONE OF WHOSE MEMBERS IS ACTIVELY SOLICITING 10,000 EUROS IN CROWDFUNDING FOR NEW BOOK ON LITHUANIAN HOLOCAUST; CROWDFUNDING PAGE)

WILL THE AMERICAN, BRITISH, CANADIAN, FRENCH, GERMAN, IRISH, ISRAELI, NORWEGIAN & SWEDISH EMBASSIES (AMONG OTHERS) AND HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS BE SENDING OBSERVERS TO THE TRIAL ON TUESDAY?

BACKGROUND: Collaborators glorified; street names and university lecture halls; the Genocide Center in Vilnius; the Genocide Museum; academic background to the “Double Genocide” movement for Holocaust revisionism


March 2019

Lev Golinkin in The Nation on Ukraine’s issues with adulation of fascism and Holocaust collaborators

David Pugliese in the Ottawa Citizen on Latvian and Ukrainian projects to revise history

Petition against Waffen SS March on March 16th in Riga; Background: Monica Lowenberg’s blog; DH coverage of previous years’ marches; Lowenberg’s articles in DH; Can people peacefully protest this march? A disturbing court ruling in 2017

Euronews report on far right’s march in central Tallinn, Estonia

Julius Norwilla attends meeting of Lithuania’s state property bank that plans convention center in heart of the Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery

Vilnius: LRT TV interviews Dovid Katz


20 February 2019

VILNIUS ALERT WED. 20 FEB. 2019

Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky, Legendary Jewish Partisan who Fought the Nazis in the Forests of Lithuania, Currently Major Yiddish Culture Educator, Will be Guest of Honor at Today’s Yiddish Reading Circle

Fania Brantsovsky (left) with the late Dr. Rokhl Margolis (1921-2015) in Vilnius in 2007

SPECIAL SESSION IN HONOR OF THE NEW BILINGUAL YIDDISH-LITHUANIAN EDITION OF THE LATE AARON GARON’S ESSAYS ON JEWISH VILNA EDITED BY LINAS VILDŽIŪNAS, WHO WILL BE ATTENDING THE EVENT, ALONG WITH THE AUTHOR’S CHILDREN, TAMARA AND EVGENY GARON.

Photo gallery of the event

6 to 7:30 PM AT THE VILNIUS JEWISH COMMUNITY, MESINIU 3 IN VILNIUS OLD TOWN. ALL ARE WELCOME!


16 February 2019

“IT PAYS TO DEFEND HISTORY”

“Once again, it becomes clear how Defending History is the true friend of Lithuania and other democratic states in the Eastern EU that need glorification of Holocaust collaborators like a hole in the head”

DH’s Vilnius monitors, observing the event for a decade, report on “significant progress”: For the first time in many years, the far-right February 16 march, though at times noxious (e.g. when a group reveled in a “Noreika plaque photo-op”), had no visible banners glorifying local Holocaust collaborators and no visible swastikas on flags, and no organized chants of “Lietuva Lietuviams” (Lithuania for Lithuanians). By contrast, a few Latvian visitors wore jackets emblazoned with “Waffen SS”. At its conclusion, two of the march’s organizers approached our team for a civil discussion which turned to the participation of “non-Catholic & non-ethnic Lithuanians” in the war of independence leading to the rise of the democratic interwar Lithuanian Republic on 16 Feb. 1918.


Vilnius Authorities Again Gifting Capital’s Storied Old Town for Far-Right March on Cherished Independence Day

Are they celebrating the Holocaust and the massacre of Lithuanian Jewry?

Last year’s neo-Nazi event featured front banner glorifying a series of local Holocaust collaborators; it was addressed by a high Catholic Church official and “honored guest” neo-Nazis from abroad

2018 lead banner: “WE KNOW WHO OUR NATION’S HEROES ARE”. The “sanitized” event in central Vilnius featured a lead banner glorifying six Nazi collaborators, five of them deeply implicated in the Lithuanian Holocaust. The torchlit march, the day’s final event, made its way from Vilnius’s most sacred Catholic shrine down through the Old City, culminating at a street named for one of the collaborators who had advocated “only” ethnic cleansing of the country’s Jewish minority in 1941. PHOTO: © DEFENDING HISTORY.

Come and join Defending History’s monitoring team. Event scheduled to start Saturday 16 February 6 PM at Aušros Vartų. Facebook details; website.

See Defending History’s decade-long eyewitness coverage of far-right marches in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Riga.

and

A Short History Lesson:

All of interwar Lithuania’s 239 Jewish communities (massacred in 1941) cherished and celebrated February 16th with heart and soul. They were proud Lithuanian citizens. It was also their Independence Day. See the 2013 letter from the late Joe Melamed, longtime elected leader of the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel, and any of countless records and pictures. Here, a photo (with bilingual Hebrew and Lithuanian handwritten captions) of the Jews of Dorbyán (Darbėnai) celebrating February 16th 1928, the tenth anniversary of independence:


30 January 2019

AP Report on Netanyahu Government’s Alleged “Sale of Holocaust History” in Eastern Europe is carried by New York Times, Washington Post, & Israel’s Haaretz & YNet

See Israel Chronicle summary page; Israel section; Sam Sokol’s new paper.

Related: Matti Friedman’s New York Times op-ed on the politicization of Yad Vashem. Cf. Danny Ben-Moshe’s earlier op-ed in Jerusalem Report. See Defending History’s Yad Vashem section.

Highpoints of Israeli diplomacy on the Holocaust in Eastern Europe: Ambassador Chen Ivri Apter in 2009; Ambassador Joel Lion in 2018.

Lowpoint: Ambassador Amir Maimon in 2017 (his performance made it into the academic literature before he was even transferred to his next posting).


27 January 2019

Holocaust Remembrance Week 2019

In recent times, the greatest threat to Holocaust Remembrance Day is the Double Genocide Holocaust revisionist movement whose “constitution” is the 2008 Prague Declaration. Defending History is proud to have taken part in the Europarliamentary response, the 2012 Seventy Years Declaration. The relevance of all this to Holocaust Remembrance Day was made crystal clear nine years ago by Yehuda Bauer on the pages of the Jerusalem Post. See also the essay by Holocaust survivor and scholar, and former director of Yad Vashem, Dr. Yitzhak Arad,  in Defending History. Identity Films has just made available free online its 2012 documentary Rewriting History. Richard Bloom Productions has done the same for its 2013 film, Defending Holocaust History.

William Echikson’s new report on how European countries are treating their Holocaust history

Coverage of the report in Politico.eu; Grant Arthur Gochin’s blog in The Times of Israel.


26 January 2019

Vilma Fiokla Kiurė:

Why do Authorities Choose to Evict Roma in the Middle of the Baltic Winter?


ON OUR PAGES 7 YEARS AGO.    5 YEARS AGO.    3 YEARS AGO.


24 January 2019

“The rights of minority cemeteries to be left in peace are human rights”

Two Visualizations of a Convention Center in the Middle of Vilna’s  Old Jewish Cemetery

I: Lithuania’s State Bank (“Turto Bankas”) triumphantly issues its latest visualization for a national convention center  in the heart of the old Vilna Jewish cemetery, surrounded by thousands of Jewish graves. The huge new annex is “artfully” obscured (at the back).

2: Defending History issues its reply visualization. The people of Vilnius deserve a sparkling new convention center that will be a pride to all peoples everywhere, where they will be greeted by leaders of the arts, culture, music, politics, not by the tens of thousands of ghosts of the Jews of Vilna whose families purchased their burial plots in perpetuity. Join the 45,000 people who have signed Ruta Bloshtein’s international petition.


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שאלהתשובהלעך

ממני הירשע⸗דוד כ″ץ המכונה הירשע⸗דוד מעינקעס וגם דוד קאַץ. בן לאביו ידידו ומורו מעינקע קאַץ ז″ל. הדר לע″ע בווילנא ברחוב פאהולאנקא רבה. והתחיל בהן לאחר חנוכה תשע″ו.

בווילנא

ואלן הן:

א. צום מהלך צווישן ליטווישן יידיש ביזן צפון⸗מערבדיקן יידיש לויטן אײַנדרוק פונעם מערבדיקן צוהערער. צוגעשיקט: פּראָפעסאָר שניאור לײַמאַן (ברוקלין, נ.י.)

ב. צו די פריסטע ראיות צום פאַראַן⸗זײַן פונעם ליטווישן דיאַלעקט. צוגעשיקט: פּראָפעסאָר שאול שטאַמפּער (ירושלים)

ג. צו די באַמערקונגען פון אַ רב פון באַברויסק און נאַוואַרעדאָק וועגן דעם אַז מען דאַרף אין קריאת שמע מבחין זײַן צווישן א און ע; צווישן ס, שׂ און תֿ. צוגעשיקט: אדם אריאל (נ.י.)

ביבליאָגראַפיע צו די מראה⸗מקומות וואָס אין די שאלה⸗תשובהלעך

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פרעגט זיך אַ פראַגע: וואָס פאַראַ מהלך איז אַמאָליקע צײַטן געווען צווישן דעם צפון⸗מזרחדיקן (ליטווישן) יידיש און דעם צפון⸗מערבדיקן יידיש (אַשטייגער אין צפונדיקן דײַטשלאַנד)?

אָדאָס רירט אָנעט במילא די פראַגע וועגן קדמון (פּראָטאָ) מזרח יידיש בכלל, וואָס זײַנע מתנגדים וואָלטן עלול געווען זוכן צדָדין⸗השָווין בײַם גאַנצן צפון גופא, מ′עט אי″ה צוקומען צודערצו אין אַן אַנדער תשובה.

לאָמיר אָנכאַפּן מיט אַ יאָר דרײַ הונדערט צוריק. פאַרגלײַכן טעקסטן איז אַ סברא ניט בתכלית⸗המציאות, כל⸗זמן מ′האָט ניט צו דער האַנט ניט קיין כתבי ידות, ניט קיין ספרים שבדפוס וואָס שפּיגלען אָפּעט דעם ליטווישן יידיש, און ווער ס′ווייס פאַרקערט פון אַזעלכע זאָל אונדז מוסר מודעה זײַן דערוועגן און מ′עט בפה מלא אָדאָ אין די שאלה⸗תשובהלעך יישר⸗כח אָפּגעבן כדבעי לויטן בשם אמרו.

האָט אונדז די טעג גראַדע פרײַנטלעך צוגעשיקט אונדזער ידיד און לערער פּראָפעסאָר שניאור⸗זלמן לײַמאן שליט″א פון ניו⸗יאָרק אַ פּתשגן פון אַ זײַטל פון ר′ יעקב עמדין (דער יעב″ץ; תנ״ז \ 1697 — תקל״ו \ 1776), פון זײַן מגילת ספר (וואַרשע תרנ״ז \ 1897, צום צוויי הונדטערטסטן יאָרצײַט פונעם יעב″ץ, אַרויסגעגעבן פון דוד כהנא לויטן באָדלעיאַנער כתב⸗יד וואָס אין אָקספאָרד).

דער יעב″ץ איז כידוע געווען אַ זעלטענער גאון און  אַ מעכטיקער מחבר, דערצו אַ הייסער צורר אַקעגן די שבתי⸗צביניקעס (זיך באַנוצנדיק מיט חריפות⸗מומחהדיקע, אַפילו מאָדערנע מעטאָדן פון טעקסטן⸗אַנאַליז). נאָר וואָדען, קיין איבעריקער אוהב הבריות איז ער פאָרט ניט געווען (זאָל ער אונדז מוחל זײַן), און מען טרעפט אין זײַנע כתבים גאַנץ שאַרפע אָפּשאַצונגען וועגן פאַרשיידענע בני דור זײַנע (אַפילו אַ סך וואָס זײַנען אונטערן חשד פון שבתאות לחלוטין ניט געפאַלן). אינעם מגילת ספר זשאַלעוועט ניט דער גאון פון אַלטאָנע (בײַ הײַנטיקן טאָג פאַקטיש אַ פאָרשטאָט פון האַמבורג) דעם ליטווישן רב ר′ יחזקאל בר′ אברהם קאַצינעלענבאָגן (קאצינעלין בוגין, קאצינעלינבאגין א.א.), וואָס איז געוואָרן אַ תושב אין זײַן שטאָט און איז אין תע״ד \ 1714 אָנגענומען געוואָרן אַלס רב פון דער אשכנזישער קהילה וואָס אין שטאָט (פאַראַן געווען אויך אַ ספרדישע).

דער מערב⸗אשכנזישער, אַלטאָנער ר′ יעקב עמדין איז ניט איבעריקס נתפּעל געוואָרן אַלמאַי מען האָט פאַר שטאָט רב געבראַכט צו פירן אָזש פון דער ווײַטער ליטע, טיף אין צפון⸗מזרחדיקן אשכנז, איינעם אַ רב יחזקאל קאַצענעלענבאָגן וואָס איז פריער געווען רב אין קיידאַן וואָס טיף אין דער ליטע. נאָכמער, ער האָט געטענהט אַז די עצם רבנות איז חשוד מחמת משא⸗מתן: איינער אַ מאַכער יש(ש)כר כהן האָט מסדר געווען די פּרעסטיזשפולע אַלטאָנער רבנות (בעצם איבער די דרײַ קהילות: אַלטאָנע, האַמבורג, וואַנזבעק — אה״ו) פאַר קאַצענעלענבאָגענען, לויט עמדינען, און בעת מעשה האָט אָטאָ דער ישכר כהן געפּועלט אַז זײַן איידעם זאָל ווערן שטאָט רב אין קיידאן דליטא. [דוד כהנא ווײַזט אָנעט אין אַ הערה ( ז. 124, הערה ג′) אַז דער זעלביקער ישכר כהן ווערט דערמאָנט אין גליקל האָמילס זכרונות, די זײַטלעך בײַ אים זײַנען נאַטירלעך שייך צו דוד קויפמאַנס פראַנקפורטער אויסגאַבע פון 1896, Die Memoiren der Glückel von Hameln, 1645-1719].

אגב:  ר′ יחזקאל קאַצענעלענבאָגנס זון דוד איז געווען צווישן די קיידאַנער רבנים וואָס האָבן געלערנט מיטן יינגעלע, אליהן, זון פון שלמה⸗זלמן קרעמער פון ווילנע, דער צוקונפטיקער ווילנער גאון, וועמענס גענויע הברה פון אשכנזישן לשון קודש און יידיש בלייבט אין טייל פּרטים אַ נוטה לספקות (זע ביי אונדז, 2003, דאָרטן גופא זז. 53 – 54). די פראַגע וועגן מעגלעכע שפּעטערדיקע באַציאונגען פון ווילנער גאון מיטן באַוואוסטן שפּעטערדיקן מחלוקת צווישן יעקב עמדין און יונתן אייבעשיץ געהערט אַן אַנדער פּרשה.

זיך אומקערנדיק צו דער שאלה גופא: צווישן די פאַרשיידענערליי זלזולים אַקעגן ר′ יחזקאל קאַצענעלנבויגן וואָס מען טרעפט אין ר′ יעקב עמדינס ספר איז פאַראַן אָט וועלכע טענה וועגן זיין  ל ש ו ן:

אך קבלת זה האיש רי″ח לרב בג″ק מארץ רחוקה, אף כי ממדינת ליטא, עם לעגי שפה אשר לא יכירו בני אשכנז לשונם, אף כי האיש הלז היה עמוק שפה ולשון מגומגם מאד, ולא היה ניכר לשום אחד מבני הקהילה בכלל, חוץ מישכר כהן שהיה לו עסק מו″מ לשם, אבל נעשה בתחבולה גדולה ובערמה עצומה. ראשונה נעשה מו″מ וחליפין עם הרבנות, כי הק′ ישכר כהן שהיה בעל כיס גדול, היתה בתו מכוערת שלא היה יכול להשיאה לאיש עשיר, ואפילו לבלתי עשיר, במדינה זו לא היה אפשר לו, על כן בחר לזווגה ללמדן נכבד ונחמד מארץ פולין […]

(אין כהנאס אויסגאַבע פון מגלת ספר, וואַרשע תרנ″ז; דאָרטן גופא ז. 124)

איבערגעזעצטערהייט (בערך):

נאָר וואָדען, די אויפנעמונג פון אָט דעם פּאַרשוין, ר′ יח[זקאל קאַצענעלענבאָגען] פון אַ ווײַטן לאַנד — אַזש פון מדינת ליטא! — מיט לעכערלעכן לשון וואָס די בני אשכנז [ד.ה. אין די דייטשישע לענדער] וועלן עס ניט דערקענען [אָדער: פאַרשטיין] זייער שפּראַך, ניט קוקנדיק וואָס דער דאָזיקער מענטש רעדט אויף אַן אומפאַרשטענדלעכן לשון, שטאַרק שטאַמלענדיק; און איז בכלל ניט באַקאַנט געווען קיין איינאיינציקן מענטשן אין דער קהילה, אַחוץ ישכר כהן וואָס האָט געהאַט ביזנעס מיט יענעם אָרט. נאָר ס′איז געמאַכט געוואָרן מיט גרויסע מאַכאַרײַקעס און מיט גוואַלדיקער כיטרעקײַט. קודם כל האָט מען געמאַכט אַ ביזנעס פון אויסבײַטעניש פון די רבנות⸗שטעלעס, ווײַלע דער קצין ישכר כהן איז געווען אַ גרויסער בעל⸗קעשענע; איז די טאָכטער זײַנע געווען אַ מיאוסקײַט, וואָס ער האָט ניט געקענט חתונה מאַכן מיט אַ גביר, און אַפילו ניט מיט אַ ניט⸗קיין⸗גביר, דאָ אין לאַנד וואָלט אים ניט מעגלעך געווען, דעריבער האָט ער איר אויסגעקליבן  אַ שידוך מיט אַ למדן, אַ בכבודיקן און אַ לײַטזעליקן, פונעם לאַנד פּוילן […]

נמצא, אַז כאָטש איין גרויסער מערב⸗אשכנזישער רב, אין צפון דײַטשלאַנד, האָט אין אַכצעטן יאָרהונדערט אָן אַוועלכע ניט איז וואַקלעניש בײַם אויסדריקן זיך בכתב, געגעבן צו פאַרשטיין, אַז בײַ זײַנע בני דור און בני עיר איז די שפּראַך וואָס בײַ אַ ליטווישן רב אַן אַראָפּגעבראַכטן סײַ לעכערלעך קאָמיש סײַ אומפאַרשטענדלעך. אלא וואָדען, די לינגוויסטישע באַמערקונג באַדאַרף מען משמעות אויפנעמען אין געהעריקן סאָציאָלינגוויסטישן קאָנטעקסט: אַז מה⸗דאָך, שיער ניט אין זעלביקן אָטעם, פאַרזיכערט דאָך דער מחבר, אַז אַן אָרטיקער גביר קען ניט חתונה מאַכן אַ טאָכטער אַ מיאוסקײַט (אין אָריגינאַל: מכוערת) אַפילו ניט מיט אַ ניט⸗רײַכן, און באַדאַרף פאַרדערפאַר זיך אַרײַנלאָזן אין געשעפטן מיט די  מ ז ר ח ד י ק ע  יידן, אָדאָסמאָל אָנרופנדיק: פּוילן. וועגן דעם, „אַ מכוערת“ בײַ אַוועמען אין די אויגן (דעם רב דעם מחברס?) איז געוויינלעך פּתח שין שאַ. דאָ גייט אַ סברא אין ברייטערן ביטול מצד „דײַטשישע יידן“, אַרײַנגערעכנט די פרומע שבפרומסטע וואָס צווישן זיי, לגבי מזרח⸗אייראָפּעאישע יידן, אין יענעם דור ווען עס איז אויפגעקומען דער פענאָמען ווילנער גאון. דער עדות קען האָבן זײַנע פאָראורטיילן, אַן עדות לגבי לשון בלײַבט ער פאָרט, ווער רעדט נאָך דאַמאָלסט אַז קיין צווייטער איז ניטאָ. נאָר איין זאַך קען מען רואיקערהייט אָפּדרינגען פון ר′ יעקב עמדינס אַרויסזאָג וועגן יענער מעשה⸗שהיה מיט אַלטאָנע און קיידאַן: די יידישע דיאַלעקטן האָבן זיך זייער שטאַרק אונטערגעשיידט אשה מאחותה.

אויף להבא: וואָס פאַראַ נפקא⸗מינה אינעם אַמאָליקן דײַטשישן יידנס אָפּרוף אויף אַ ליטווישן קעגנאיבער אַ פּוילישן יידיש? וועגן פריערדיקן צוואַנציקסטן יאָרהונדערט, זע ביי שלמה בירנבוימען (1926: 91, הערה 2; פאַרגלײַך בײַ אונדז, 1994: 216).

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פּראָפעסאָר שאול שטאַמפּער (ירושלים) שרײַבט: „וואָס איז די פריסטע דאַטע, צו וועלכער עס זײַנען דאָ ראיות צום פאַראַן⸗זײַן פונעם ליטווישן דיאַלעקט פון יידיש? און וואָס זײַנען די דאַטעס לגבי די אַנדערע דיאַלעקטן פון מזרח⸗אייראָפּעאישן יידיש?

צו די דרומדיקע דיאַלעקטן וועלן מיר זיך לעת⸗עתה דאָ באַנוגענען מיטן אַראָפּברענגען דעם מחלוקת צווישן שלמה בירנבוימען (1939) מיט יודאַ אַ. יאָפען (1954), אָנווײַזנדיק מערניט אַז האַלטן האַלטן מיר, וואָס שייך דער דאַטירונג פון די דרומדיקע מזרח⸗אייראָפּעאישע דיאַלעקטן, מיט בירנבוימען בנוגע לפּחות די ברייטערע צײַט⸗ראַמען, לאו דווקא די אַלע שייכותדיקע פּרטי פּרטים און יוצא⸗מִדְבָֿרֵינוּס. (דאָ גייט אָבער ניט די רייד וועגן זייער מחלוקת, וואָס לויט בירנבוימען באַקומט זיך אַז דער צפונדיקער דיאַלעקט האָט זיך אָפּגעצווײַגט פון דרומדיקן, צי לויט יאָפען, אַז פאַרקערט דער דרומדיקער האָט זיך אַזש פון צפונדיקן אָפּגעצווײַגט, אָדאָ זעען מיר גראַדע אַ רמיזא, זאָל זײַן אלכסונדיקערהייט, אויפן ליטווישן און פּוילישן „ברען“ ביי פאַרשיידענע פאָרשער; זע כץ 1994: 216 – 217.)

צום צפון⸗מזרחדיקן (ליטווישן) יידיש, הייבן מיר אָן, במחילה, מיטן איבערחזרן אונדזער בקשה אין תשובה א, מ′זאָל אונדז צושיקן ידיעות וועגן אַוועלכע ניט איז לינגוויסטיש פאַרלאָזלעכע טעקסטן וואָס שפּיגלען אָפּ צפון⸗מזרח יידיש בפירוש, אָדער כאָטש אויף אַזויפל אַשטייגער ווי מאַקס ווײַנרײַכן איז געלונגען פעסטשטעלן, אין זײַן אַרבעט אין ערשטן באַנד מינסקער צייטשריפט (ווײַנרײַך 1926), אַז אַ שבתי⸗צבי ליד פון 1666 האָט שטריכן וואָס דערמאָנען אָנעם וואַרשעווער יידיש (דאָרטן גופא, ז. 163).

אין גאַנג פון זײַן גבורותדיקער רעקאָנסטרוקציע פון די מזרח⸗יידישע דיאַלעקטן, האָט אוריאל ווײַנרײַך (1958) אויפגעשטעלט צו די באַטאָנטע וואָקאַלן — דעם סימן הסימנים פון אונדזער דיאַלעקטאָלאָגיע — אויסגעאַרבעטע קדמון (פּראָטאָ) סיסטעמען צום דרומדיקן מזרח יידיש (זז. 237 – 239) און צום צפונדיקן מזרח יידיש (זז. 252 – 254). צי עס שטייט דאָרטן בפירוש צי ניט, איז סײַ ווי קלאָר, אַז די צפונדיקע קדמון סיסטעם, וואָס זי איז מבחין סײַ אין איכות און סײַ אין כמות פון די באַטאָנטע וואָקאַלן, מוז לויט אוריאלן זײַן מדעיקרא אָן אַ שיעור נעענטער צום אַלגעמיינעם קדמון מזרחדיקן יידיש, וואָס דער דרום קען פון אים אָפּשטאַמען, אָבער פאַרקערט ניט.

מיט יאָרן צוריק האָבן מיר טאַקע אויפגעשטעלט אַ סיסטעם קדמון וואָקאַליזם פון כוללדיקן מזרחדיקן יידיש וואָס איז גאַנץ נאָענט מיט אוריאלס סכעמע פאַר קדמון צ פ ו ן⸗מזרח יידיש, ד.ה.  „ליטוויש“ (זע: כ″ץ 1982: 84; פּרטים צו דער פאָרגעלייגטער אַנטוויקלונג, דאָרטן 75 – 85, און — 1983: 1030 – 1031).

ביי היינטיקן טאָג וואָלטן מיר זיך פאָרט אויסגעדריקט אַביסל אַנדערש. ערשטנס וואָלטן מיר אונטערגעשטראָכן מיט אַ הא הידיעה, אַז די כוונה פון דער רעקאָנסטרוקציע, לאָמיר אָנכאַפּן, פון קדמון מזרח יידיש, איז אויסן דערווײַזן אַ בשותפותדיקן מקור צו די עמפּיריש⸗אויפגעוויזענע  שפּעטערדיק דיאַלעקטישע ממשודיקײַטן פון אַן  אָ נ ז ע ע ו ו ד י ק ן  חלק פונעם לשון, ניט פון לשון גאַנצערהייט. דאָס איז ניט נאָר אַ טעאָרעטישע באַוואָרעניש, עס איז אַ פּונקט צו וועלכן מיר וועלן זיך מירצעשעם אומקערן, בײַם אָפּוועגן אַלערלייאיקע פּרטים לויט פאַרשיידענע וואָג⸗און⸗מאָסן, בתוכם: די אָפטמאָל סוביעקטיווע אָפּמעסטונג, אַוואָס שטעלט מיט זיך פאָר דעם דרך המלך פון דער שפּראַך אַנטוויקלונג, און וואָס הייסט אַן אוניקאַלער יוצא⸗דופנדיקער איינס, וואָס שפּיגלט אָפּ אַן אויסנאַם; דערצו: די נייטיקײַט אַרײַנטראָגן אין דער שקלא וטריא היסטאָרישע פאַרהעלטענישן וואָס וואַקסן פון דער אָפּגעזוכטער עווידענץ, אַפילו (אָדער: דווקא!) ווען אָט די עווידענץ וואַקסט ניט פון דער רעקאָנסטרוקציע פונעם פילאָלאָגס אַרבעטס⸗טיש, נאָר מחוץ דער רעקאָנסטרואירונגס⸗אַרבעט, פון „פּאַפּירלעך“ (זע פון פאַרגלײַך וועגן אונדזער דיסקוסיע וועגן רעקאָנסטרוקציע  אויפן סמך פון „פּאַפּירלעך“ — כ″ץ 2013: § III).

איז במה דברים אמורים?

די סאַמע באַוואוסטע שטריכן פון ליטווישן יידיש, פאָלקלאָריסטיש גערעדט און לויט אַ ברייטערער באַהאַוונטקײַט געמאָסטן, זײַנען אָן אַ ספק די פענאָמענען „סאַבעסדיקער לאָסן [סבתדיקער לָסון]“ (אוריאל ווײַנרײַך 1952), און „דער ליטווישער עי“, געמיינט, פאַרשטייט זיך דער [ej] אַרויסרייד בײַ אַזעלכע איינסן ווי ברויט, חודש, קוימען (וואָס איז גאָרניט אוניווערסאַל; זע למשל די מאַפּע צו טויב). אויב אַרײַנטרעטן אַ קאַפּ אין דער באַוואוסטזיניקײַט פון געלערנטע און בפירוש פאַראינטערעסירטע אין דער זאַך, קען מען גלײַך אויף אַן אָרט צוגעבן די צוויי⸗מינימדיקײַט (זכר און נקבה) בײַ סובסטאַנטיוון אויפן אָרט פון די דרײַ וואָס בײַ די דרומדיקע דיאַלעקטן. אגב פאַרבלײַבט עד היום יודל מאַרקס „אונדזער ליטווישער יידיש“ די שענסטע, ברייטסטע שילדערונג פונעם פאַר⸗חורבנדיקן ליטווישן יידיש (מאַרק 1951).

וואָס אָבער אַן אמת, זײַנען אָט די דרײַ „פּאָפּולערע גרונט⸗סימנים“ אין די לעצטע דורות געגליכן צו די אויסערלעכע, אייגנאַרטיקע טשיקאַווע צווײַגן און צווײַגעלעך פון אַן אוראַלטן בוים, דאָס וואָס ס′שטעלט מיט זיך פאָר דעם יחידס און דעם כללס מענטשלעכע, וויזועלע אָפּבילד פון דעם⸗אָ בוים. אויף משיג זײַן עלטערע תקופות און פראַגן צום אָפּשטאַם איז נייטיק ווי ניט איז אַ קוק טאָן אין אינעווייניקסטן שטאַם און אונטערן ערד⸗פלאַך די וואָרצלען. אָדאָ⸗אָ וועלן מיר זיך באַנוגענען מיט נאָר איין לפי⸗ערך „אַבסטראַקטן“ סך⸗הכל צום ברייטערן בילד. דהיינו:

אַזש פון יחיאל פישערן (1936) און ווײַטער (אוריאל ווײַנרײַך 1958; מאַקס ווײַנרײַך 1960; מיכל הערצאָג 1965; כ″ץ 1983 א.א.) האָט מען פּראָיעקטן אויף קדמון סכעמעס פון יידישן וואָקאַליזם, און וואו מער וואו ווייניקער אויך פונעם מזרח⸗אייראָפּעאישן יידיש פאַר⸗זיך. ביי אַלע איז אַ סברא פאַראַן אַ חסרון (און בײַ אונדז גופא אַוודאי און אַוודאי), אַז אינעם אולטראַ⸗סטרוקטוראַליסטישן גײַסט, און אַ סברא אויך אין אונדזער איבערגעטריבענעם דראַנג צו זוכן פאַר יידיש „פּערפעקטע קאָרעספּאָנדענצן“, האָבן מיר וואו⸗ניט⸗וואו אָן אַ זײַט געלאָזן אַפילו גרונטיקע פילאָלאָגישע פאַרהעלטענישן וואָס זײַנען דירעקט און אויף אַ יסודותדיקן אופן פאַרקניפּט מיטן עצם ענין. דהיינו:

שלמה בירנבוים (1934) האָט מיט אַ באַרג ראיות פון אַמאָליקע כתבים אויפגעוויזן אַז דער יידיש⸗דיאַלעקטישער איבערגאַנג פון u אויף i, עווענטועל אויך ū אויף ī, אין די ביידע פאַלן געוויינלעך דורך דויערהאַפטיקע צווישן⸗סטאַדיעס פון ü און ǖ, שטאַמט גאָר פון (דרומדיקע) געגנטן פון אַמאָליקן  מ ע ר ב  יידיש און איז אַריבערגעפירט געוואָרן צו מזרחצו אין די „פּוילישע לענדער“. דער דאָזיקער גאָר  אַ ל ט ⸗ מ ע ר ב ד י ק ע ר וואָקאַלישער איבערבײַט איז ניט אָפּצוטיילן פון דער  ק י י ט  אָנגעווענדטע איכותדיקע איבערגאַנגען פון ɔ אויף u און פון ō אויף ū (פאַרנעמענדיק דעם אָרט פון /u/ און /ū/ אין דער סיסטעם). 

דערצו גייען אַרײַן אויך אַנדערע אָנגעווענדטע גאַנצענע ק י  י ט ן קלאַנגיקע בײַטן. דער עיקר דאָ שטעקט פאָרט ניט אין פּרטים, נאָר וואָדען אין אָט וואָס: אין דער היסטאָרישער יידישער דיאַלעקטאָלאָגיע גייט דאָ ניט, צו דער איצטיקער שאלה⸗תשובה, אין אַ וואָרט דאָ און אַ קלאַנג דאָרטן, וואָס פאַרשיידענע געלערנטע זײַנען נוטה, גאַנץ אַטאָמיסטיש און ווען ניט ווען קאַפּריזנערהייט אַרויסדרינגען עולמות ומלואם.

מיר האַלטן, אַז די העכסט⸗ראַדיקאַלע שינויים אין סיסטעם באַטאָנטן וואָקאַליזם פון דרומדיקע מזרח⸗אייראָפּעאישן יידיש שטעלן מיט זיך פאָר אַ ממשותדיק⸗עמפּירישן שלל פון שפּראַכיקן חומר, אַרײַננעמענדיק ט ו י ז נ ט ע ר ווערטער און איינסן אין דער שפּראַך, וועמענס מקור איז שוין איינמאָל נוגע צו אונדזערע יידישע קדמון דיאַלעקטן.

אָט אַשטייגער איז אונדזער אַמאָליקע סכעמע פון דער דינאַמישער אַנטוויקלונג פון צענטראַל⸗מזרח יידיש („פּויליש“).

(a) to MEY (CY)

מקור: כ″ץ 1982: באַנד 2, ז. 583; אין דײַטשישער איבערזעצונג: כ″ץ 1983: 1029  (דאָרטן טאַבעלע 53.9)

 

די ווײַטערדיקע און פּרינציפּיעל שפּעטערדיקע שינויים וואָס האָבן געפירט צום כאַראפקטעריסטישן דרומדיקן דרום⸗מזרחדיקן יידיש („אוקראַאיניש“) זײַנען כולל (אין אייבערשטן קעסטעלע — „וואָלינעריש“; אין אונטערשטן מער: „פּאָדאָליער⸗בעסאַראַביש“)

(b) to SEY

מקור: כ″ץ 1982: באַנד 2, ז. 586; אין דײַטשישער איבערזעצונג: כ″ץ 1983: 1029 (דאָרטן טאַבעלע 53.11)

איז מאי קא משמע לן? דער געאָגראַפישער מאַסיווער און נאָכאַנאַנדיקער שטח וואָס אין צפון („ליטוויש“), וואו ס′איז ניטאָ אויף קיין רפואה קיין רמז ושמץ פון די אַלע ט ו י ז נ ט ע ר פאָרמעס וואָס זײַנען עמפּיריש און סיסטעמאַטיש איבערגעאַנדערשט געוואָרן, שטאַמט אָפּ פון אַ זייער אַלטער שפּראַך⸗סטאַדיע פון יידיש אין מזרח אייראָפּע. אַז דער עלטסטער צפון⸗מזרחדיקער („ליטווישער“) יידיש איז דער עלטסטער יידיש אין מזרח אייראָפּע אויף וועלכן די איבערגאַנגען  i ⟵ u (אויך ī ⟵ ū), און  u  ⟵  ɔ  (אויך ū  ⟵  ō), און זייערע אַלע אָנגעווענדטע איבערגאַנגען, האָבן קיין דריסת הרגל ניט געהאַט.

אַנדערש געזאָגט געוואָרן וועט דאָס הייסן,  אַז דער עלטסטער יידיש אין די צפונדיקן געביטן איז ב מ י ל א דער עלטסטער צפון⸗מזרחדיקער („ליטווישער“) יידיש.

אָבער אַווען, ברחל בתך הקטנה, דאָס קען זײַן, ווייס מען נאָך ניט, נאָר וואָדען: שלמה בירנבוים האָט אָנגעוויזן אויף דער דאַטע ±1385, אַווען ס′האָבן דער ליטווישער גרויספירשטנטום מיט דער פּוילישער מלוכה צוערשט אַרײַן אין אַ פאַראיין, ווי אַ צײַט פון אַן אויפגעעפנטן גרענעץ, מיט אַן השערה אַז בלויז  פ אַ ר יענער צײַט איז געווען אַזאַ מין פּאָליטיש⸗מיליטערישע מחיצה וואָס וואָלט בכח געווען שטעלן אַ פעסטן „עד⸗כאן“ לגבי דער מעכטיקער כוואַליע פון איכותדיקן קלאַנגען⸗בײַט (בירנבוים 1939: 40).

ס′איז דאָך שוין איינמאָל אַן עד⸗כאן, מה⸗דאָך, אַז ניט קוקנדיק אויף קליינינקע דיאַלעקטיש⸗געמישטע אינדזלעך ווי אַשטייגער טשערנאָבל אָדער בריסק, איז די u ~ o ליניע אַזאַ פעסטע, אַז מער ווי אַ יובל מיט יאָרן נאָכן חורבן איז געלונגען ניט נאָר אויפרעקאָרדירן אויפסנײַ די ליניע, נאָר אין געוויסע פאַלן וואו אַ יחיד אַ זקן אַן עדות איז געווען, אַפילו געוואָר ווערן די קליינע ישובים וואָס אויף איטלעכער זײַט פונעם אוראַלטן צפוןדרומדיקן גרענעץ פון מזרחדיקן יידיש (זע כ″ץ 2016: § 7). דאָס הייסט נאָך ניט, אַז דער יידיש⸗דיאַלעקטישער גרענעץ האָט זיך ניט אויף אַהין אָדער אַהער אַ רוק געטאָן; ס′הייסט אָבער טאַקע בפירוש, אַז דער מיטלעלטערלעכער „עד⸗כאן“ פון דער יסודותדיקער דרום טעריטאָריע, אויסער וועלכער די מעכטיקע קייט איבערגאַנגען וואָס האָבן אינגאַנצן איבערגעאַנדערשט דעם אַקוסטישן פּנים הלשון, i ⟵ u (אויך ī ⟵ ū), און  u  ⟵  ɔ  (אויך ū  ⟵  ō), צווישן אַנדערע, איז געבליבן אָט דער אייגענער „עד⸗כאן“ וואָס איז חל אַזש ביז די לעצטע יידיש ריידנדיקע יחידים אין אָט די מקומות.

נמצא, אַז דעם עלטסטן ליטווישן יידיש וועט מען במילא טרעפן בײַם עלטסטן אשכנזישן ישוב וואָס אין דער ליטע.

אַוואָס נאָר, אַזאַ טערמין ווי „ליטע“, אַוואו דער עצם שטח האָט זיך אַ סך מאָל געענדערט אין גאַנג פון דער געשיכטע איז ניט קיין איבעריקס שטרענג⸗וויסנשאַפטלעכער טערמין. אַ סך מער פּינקטלעך⸗עמפּיריש וואָלט זײַן די עצם ליניע צווישן אַלע מיני יידישע שפּראַכיקע נוסחאות וואָס זיינען „ליטוויש“ אַקעגנאיבער אַלע דרומדיקע, ד.ה. ניטליטווישע; עמפּיריש סײַ ווײַל ס′בויט זיך אויף אַ יאָרהונדערט פון דיאַלעקטאָלאָגיע וועמענס לעילאדיקסטע סחורה ס′איז דער לעבעדיקער מענטש וואָס רעדט די שפּראַך, סײַ ווייל אין טיפן צפון מאַכט זיך קיין ס י מ ן ניט פון די אַלע דרומדיקע שינויים וואָס נעמען אַרום די מערהײַט ווערטער אין דער שפּראַך (ניט דעם אָדער אַן אַנדער לינגוויסטס פאַרליאַפּען זיך אין דעם אָדער אַן אַנדער פּרטל אַלס שיער ניט קיין אַנטדעקטע אַמעריטשקע). פאַרשטייט זיך, אַז  י ע ד ע ר  שפּראַך גרענעץ, ווי פעסט ער זאָל זיך ניט האַלטן, רוקט זיך אין משך פון דורות, און עס קומען אויף אַוואוניטוואו געמישטע אונטערדיאַלעקטן (צו אונדזער ענין וועלן דאָ אַרײַנגיין דער בריסקער קרײַז אין פּאָלעסיע, דער טשערנאָבלער יידיש, און אפשר נאָך וואָס).

קען מען אויך שטעלן אָט אַזוי די זאַך: די עלטסטע שפּראַך בײַ די ערשטע אשכנזים וואָס קענטיק⸗ממשותדיק צו צפון צוצו (ניט סתם גלאַט יענע פּאָר וויאָרסטלעך) פון דער שייד⸗ליניע (די דרומדיקע בלויע ליניע אין אָט דער מאַפּע), איז בעיקרא, במילא, און בדיעבד:  צפון מזרח יידיש (ל י ט ו ו י ש  אין פּאָפּולער לינגוויסטישן זין) פון דער ערשטער רגע פון גרופּעסווײַזער אַשכנזישער באַזעצונג אין אָט די מקומות.

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 מקור: כ″ץ 2016    

ס′מאַכט זיך אַמאָל אַפילו, אַז דער פּשוטער שכל הישר טראָגט אויס אויף דער זעלביקער מסקנא אַוואָס די מעטאָדאָלאָגיע פון דער היסטאָרישער לינגוויסטיק.

צולאָג צום ענין פון קדמון וואָקאַליזם פון מזרחדיקן יידיש: דער ערשטער פּונקט איז מער נוגע דער עסטעטיק פון קדמון מזרח יידיש, דער צווייטער איז שייך צום לינגוויסטישן מהות גופא.

(א) ס′וואָלט טאַקע זײַן מהודרדיק סימעטריש און גלייכגעוויכטיש אין קלאַסיש נעאָגראַמאַטישן גײַסט, אַז אַ קדמון וואָקאַליזם מיט אַלע אָפּגעהיטע חילוקים, סײַ כמותדיקע און סײַ איכותדיקע, לאָזט פון זיך אַרויס אַ צפון מיט אַן איכותדיק קאָנסערוואַטאָרישער וואָקאַלישער סיסטעם און אַ דרום מיט אַ כמותדיק קאָנסערוואַטאָרישער וואָקאַלישער סיסטעם. באַקומט זיך אָבער, אַז קדמון מזרח יידיש, אויף ווי ווײַט ער לאָזט זיך רעקאָנסטרואירן, איז אין זײַן סיסטעם באַטאָנטע וואָקאַלן אַ היפּש ביסל נעענטער צום שפּעטער אויפגעוויזענעם צפונדיקן מזרח יידיש איידער צום דרומדיקן. אָדאָס איז אַ פּועל יוצא פון די איצט אויסגעשטאָרבענע סאַמע מערבדיקסטע שטחים פון ליטווישן יידיש, מיט זייער דאָ⸗ניט⸗לאַנג אויפגעהיטער כמותדיקער דיפערענצירונג בײַ די באַטאָנטע וואָקאַלן, סײַ אין קורלאַנד (מאַקס ווײַנרײַך 1923: 199 – 200), און סײַ אינעם זאַמעטער יידיש (יודל מאַרק 1951: 439  – 440). פאַרקערט איז דער פאַל בײַ די לחלוטין קאָנסערוואַטיווע וואָקאַלישע איכותן — אַן אויסנאַמסלאָזע פאַראַניקײַט פון גאָר אַמאָליקע וואָקאַלישע איכותן אין  אַ ל ע  נוסחאות פונעם ליטווישן יידיש. די פאַרשיידענע קייטן פון איכותדיקע קלאַנגען⸗בײַטן וואָס אין דרום האָבן ניט געהאַט קיין ברעקל השפּעה — דער „עד⸗כאן“ פון אונדזער תשובה.

(ב) והשנית, שטאַמט דער ערשטער עטאַפּ פון די כאַראַקטעריסטישע דרומדיקע קייטן פון איכותדיקן קלאַנגען⸗בײַט גאָר פון עלטערן מערבדיקן יידיש (בירנבוים 1934), און האָט דעם צפון פון מזרח⸗אייראָפּעאישן יידיש ניט אָנגערירט. נמצא, אַז קדמון מזרח יידיש קען ניט זײַן קיין קדמון דיאַלעקט פאַרן ג אַ נ צ ן מזרחדיקן יידישן לשון, ווײַל ער קען ניט אַרייננעמען קיין פּ ר ע⸗ מזרח⸗יידישע שטריכן ווי די מעכטיקע קייטן קלאַנגען⸗בײַטן צום דרום וואָס האָבן ניט געקענט האָבן אַ חלק אין די צפונדיקע שטחים וואו די אוראַלטע איכותן ווערן לחלוטין אָפּגעהיט עד היום הזה.

ווילנע, כ″ה אייר תשע″ו \  דעם 2טן יוני 2016

לעצטע הגהה ב′ סיוון תשע″ו \  דעם 8טן יוני 2016


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אדם אריאל (אַ סטודענט אין ישיבה אוניווערסיטעט אין ניויאָרק) האָט פרײַנטלעך צוגעשיקט אַ שאלה וועגן צוויי אויסצוגן פון סעיפים בײַם מפורסמדיקן רב, ר′ יחיאל מיכל (הלוי) עפּשטיין, דעם בעל ערוך השולחן, וועלכער איז געבאָרן געוואָרן אין 1829 אין באַברויסק (אין די מזרחדיקע קאַנטן פון מינסקער גובערניע, אין די טיפענישן פון דער יידישער ליטע (דער צפוןמזרח פון יידיש און פון אשכנז), אין די געגנטן וואָס האָבן אַמאָל געהייסן בײַ יידן: רסן (זע כ″ץ 1996, און די מאַפּע אין כ″ץ 2008). „דער ערוך השולחן“ איז נפטר געוואָרן אין 1908 אין נאַוואַרעדאָק (אין דער מערבדיקער מינסקער גובערניע [ביז 1848 איז די שטאָט צו גראָדנער גובערניע פאַררעכנט געוואָרן]). אין נאַוואַרעדאָק האָט ער זײַנע לעצטע 34 יאָר געדינט אַלס שטאָטרב. אָט די מקומות געפינען זיך בײַ הײַנטיקן טאָג אין בעלאַרוס (ווײַסרוסלאַנד), וואו באַברויסק גייט אַרײַן אין מאָלעווער (מאָהילעווער) פּראָווינץ (אָבלאַסט), און נאַוואַרעדאָק איז ווידער אַרײַן אין גראָדנער פּראָווינץ.

די ביידע צוגעשיקטע אויסצוגן זײַנען טאַקע פונעם ערוך השולחן, קומט דעם חשובן שואל אַ יישר כח פאַרן שיקן סײַ די געדרוקטע זײַטלעך פון שער⸗בלאַט, מיט די זײַטלעך מיטן ערשטן און צווייטן אויסצוג, פון אַן אַמאָליקן דרוק, פיעטרקוב (פּיעטערקאָוו) תרס″ג (1902 – 1903); און סײַ דעם דיגיטאַליזירטן טעקסט מיטן צוגאָב פון מאָדערנע אָפּשטעל⸗צייכנס, אַוואו מען קען טרעפן דעם ערשטן און דעם צווייטן אויסצוג.

דער ערשטער אויסצוג איז פון ערוך השולחן, אורח חיים סימן סא סעיף ח: 

[…] וכן יש לדקדק באות עי″ן בק″ש דלפי מבטא שלנו שוין העי″ן והאל″ף ובבק″ש יש לדקדק להפרישם זה מזה וכן בין שי″ן שמאלית לתי″ו רפה ולכן בתיבת ועשיתם יש לדקדק הרבה להטעים העי″ן, ולהפריש בין השי″ן להתי″ו וכן הסמ″ך לא יהיה דומה לתי″ו רפה וכן בבי″ת רפה יש להטעים שלא יתראה כפ″א רפה כמו ואהבת לבבך ובכל והרבה כאלו ויטעים העי″ן של אשר נשבע.

און איבערגעזעצטערהייט, מיט אָפּשטעל⸗צייכנס און נקודות וואו נייטיק, און צוגאָבן אין קאַנטיקע קלאַמערן [ ]):

[…] און אָט אַזוי אויך באַדאַרף מען מדקדק זײַן בײַם אות ע אין קריאת⸗שמע [קרישמע], ווײַל לויט אונדזער אַרויסרייד [דיאַלעקט] איז גלײַך דער ע מיטן א, באַדאַרף מען מבחין זײַן איינער פונעם אַנדערן. און אָט אַזוי אָ צווישן דעם שׂ [שין שמאל] מיטן תֿ מיט אַ רפה. אַזוי אַרום באַדאַרף מען אין וואָרט וַעֲשִׂיתֶם שטאַרק מדקדק זײַן באַטאָנען דעם ע, און מבחין זײַן צווישן דעם שׂ מיטן תֿ. און אָט אַזוי בײַם ס, ער זאָל ניט זײַן געגליכן מיטן רפה תֿ. און אָט אַזוי בײַם רפה בֿ, באַדאַרף מען באַטאָנען, ער זאָל זיך ניט אַרויסווײַזן פאַר אַ רפה פֿ, למשל בײַ די ווערטער וְאָהַבְתָּלְבָבְךָוּבְכָל, און אַ סך אַזעלכע. און מען באַדאַרף באַטאָנען דעם ע וואָס אין אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע.

 דער צווייטער איז פון אָדאָרטן, סימן סב סעיף ב:

ומזה הטעם אני אומר דלפי מבטא שלנו שאין הפרש בין אל″ף לעי″ן ובין חי″ת לכ″ף ובין סמ″ך לתי″ו רפויה, ובין טי″ת לתי″ו דגוש יצאו ידי חובתן כיון שלשונם כן הוא והרי אנו רואים שהמדקדקים בזה בא להם ההפרש בטורח רב, ועדיין אין ההפרש כראוי […]

איבערגעזעצטערהייט:

און צוליב אָטאָ דער סיבה זאָג איך אָט וואָס: אַז לויט אונדזער אַרויסרייד [דיאַלעקט] איז ניטאָ קיין חילוק צווישן א און ע; צווישן ח און כֿ; און צווישן ס און תֿ מיט אַ רפה; און צווישן ט און תּ מיט אַ דגש; איז מען יוצא מיט דער התחייבות [פון דער מצווה], ווײַל אָט אַזוי אָ איז זייער לשון. און נאָכאַלעמען [אַפילו] ביי די בעלי דקדוק זעען מיר אַז די אונטערשיידונג קומט אָן מיט גרויס טירחא, און די אונטערשיידונג איז ניט ווי ס’באַדאַרף צו זײַן […]

[פון קאָנטעקסט וועגן: די ווערטער בײַם אָנהייב („און צוליב אָטאָ דער סיבה“) פאַררופן זיך אויפן פריערדיקן סעיף (סימן סב סעיף א′) וואָס ענדיקט זיך מיטן אַראָפּברענגען פונעם פּראָגער מהר″ל (מהר″ל⸗פּראָג, ר′ יהודה לייב בן בצלאל), פון זיין ספר תפארת ישראל, ר′ אחא′ס אַ זאָג אין שיר השירים רבה, וועגן פאַרמישן אהבה (′ליבשאַפט′) מיט איבה (′שנאה′), למשל אין קריאת שמע: ואהבת און ואיבת. פונדעסטוועגן איז דער עיקר פון סעיף א′ אַ ציטאַט פון דער משנה (ברכות טו עמוד א) און דעם ערוך השולחנס פאַקטישער פּסק, דהיינו: „קרא ולא דקדק באותיותיה יצא“ (′האָט ער געלייענט און ניט מדקדק געווען אין די אותיות – האָט ער יוצא געווען′). אין דער משנה גופא איז דאָס ר′ יוֹסי′ס מיינונג אין אַ מחלוקת מיט ר′ יהודהן, נאָר דאָס אַלצדינג וואָלט אַ סברא צו ווײַט געפירט פון אונדזער שאלה.]

קומען מיר אָנעט צו דער עצם שאלה פון חשובן געלערנטן, אדם אריאל פון ניו⸗יאָרק, וואָס ער שיקט אונדז קיין ווילנע, וואָס לייענט זיך (איבערגעזעצט פון ענגליש):

„מיר זעען אַז ר′ יחיאל מיכל עפּשטיין האַלט אַז די אותיות ס און תֿ רפויה באַדאַרף מען מבחין זײַן איינער פון אַנדערן (כאָטש ביי קריאת⸗שמע), אַ דיפערענצירונג וואָס מען טרעפט ניט בײַ אשכנזים — ביידע האָט מען דעמאָלט אַרויסגערעדט ווי s, פּונקט ווי ס’איז הײַנט דער גאַנג בײַ די אשכנזים. מיר גייט אין פאַרשטיין וואָס פאַראַ גענויען אונטערשייד ער האָט געהאַט אין זינען. אפשר האָט ער געהאַט אין זינען אַ שטימלאָזן פריקאַטיוו⸗קלאַנג th אַזוי ווי לויט דער טראַדיציע בײַ די תימנער. אויב אַזוי, צי קענען מיר געוואָר ווערן ווי אַזוי ער וואָלט דערפון געוואוסט? צי וואָלט דאָס געווען באַקאַנט הרב עפּשטיינען אין דער ליטע אין שפּעטערדיקן נײַנצעטן יאָרהונדערט? טאָמער ניט, צי וואָלט עס געווען געבויט אויף פאָרשונגען (אַקאַדעמישע צי אַנדערע) פון די מזרחדיקע טראַדיציעס און בתוכם די תֵּימָנישע? טאָמער ניט, צי האָט איר אַ סברא וועגן וועלכן אַנדערן קלאַנג ער האָט דאָ געהאַט בדעה?“

לכתחילה איז אויפן אָרט זיך מודה ומתוודה זײַן, אַז בלויז אַ ממשותדיקער ביאָגראַף פונעם רבנישן מחבר וואָלט  א פ ש ר  געקענט אויסזוכן אינפאָרמאַציעס וועגן זײַנע קאָנטאַקטן און בכלל זײַן לעבנסוועג און אַנדערע כתבים, וואָס מען האָפט אַז זיי וואָלטן געהאַט אַ שייכות, און דערצו אַ ניצלעכן, לגבי דער חשובער צוגעשיקטער פראַגע. דאָָס איז בעצם אַן אַרט התנצלות פאַרדערפאַר אַז אונדזער תשובה דאָ איז בעצם אַן אַרײַנקלערעניש, אַן השערה, וואָס ווײַטערדיקע פאָרשונג וועט אפשר מסוגל זײַן אָפּפרעגן אָדער באַשטעטיקן. איז, מיט אָט דער באַוואָרעניש:

אַ ספק צי אַ רב אַ פּוסק אין באַברויסק אָדער נאַוואַרעדאָק וואָלט אין נײַנצעטן יאָרהונדערט געהאַט פעסטע ידיעות וועגן דעם אַרויסרייד פון לשון קודש אין תימן אָדער אין אַנדערע יידישע ישובים פון ווײַטן מיטעלן מזרח. ווער ס’וויל אַזוי טענהן איז עס אַ פאַל פון  — עליו הראיה.

ס′לייגט זיך מער אויפן שכל אַז אַ רב אין אַזעלכע שטעט ווי באַברויסק אָדער נאַוואַרעדאָק וואָלט אין משך פון זײַן לעבן געהאַט אַ קאָנטאַקט ווען⸗ניט⸗ווען אָדער מיט קריסטלעכע געלערנטע ביכער וועגן העברעאיש אָדער אַפילו מיט קריסטלעכע לעבעדיקע גײַסטלעכער וועלכע האָבן שטודירט העברעאיש. אין ביידע פאַלן וואָלט ער גלײַך געלייגט אַכט אויף די חילוקים פון קלאַסישן לשון קודש וואָס זײַנען בײַ די אשכנזים פאַרלאָרן געגאַנגען, צווישן זיי די קלאַסישע דיפערענצירונגען, לאָמיר אָנכאַפּן, פון גּ אַקעגן גֿ און פון דּ אַקעגן דֿ, אין ביידע פאַלן פון דער סעריע „בגד כפת“, און בתוכם די לאַנג באַקאַנטע אָנגענומענע מיינונג אַז דער תֿ רפויה איז געווען אַ מין θ (אַן ערך ווי דער ענגלישער th אין think) להיפּוך צו אַ דֿ רפויה וואָס איז געווען אַ מין ð (אַן ערך ווי דער ענגלישער th אין though). וואָלט זיך באַקומען במילא, מיט (אָדער אַפילו אָן) אַזאַ פאָנעטישער פּינקטלעכקייט, אַז דער תֿ רפויה דאַרף פּרינציפּיעל זיין אַ נ ד ע ר ש איידער דער ס און דער שׂ, (וואָס מ’האָט אויך אָנגערופן אויף יידיש פּשוט: „דער שמאל“ [סמאָל]).

פאַראַן אָבער אַ פּשוטערע סברא דאָ, וואָס לייגט זיך מער אויפן שכל, און איז אויך בשעת מעשה דווקא אַן אָנווײַז אויף אַ טשיקאַוון אינטעלעקטועלן פאַל, וואו דער רבנישער גאַגנ טראַכטן אין משך פון דור דורות איז, אויף חידושים, אין פולן אײַנקלאַנג מיט די השגות פון דער מאָדערנער פילאָלאָגיע. סײַ די און סײַ די, אַז זיי קוקן אויפן אוראַלטן העברעאישן (אָדער אַפילו כלל⸗סעמיטישן) אַלפאַבעט, אָדער אַז זיי קוקן אויף די שפּעטערע (און פון אונדזער שטאַנדפּונקט אויך גאָר אַלטע) סיסטעמען ניקוד, דרינגען זיי אָפּ אַן איינציקע מסקנא: דהיינו, אַז יעדער סימן האָט מיט זיך פאָרגעשטעלט אַן איינאיינציקן (אוניקאַלן, יחיד⸗במינודיקן) קלאַנג.

פאַר דער מאָדערנער לינגוויסטיק איז צומאָל געוואָרן וויכטיקער דערגרונטעווען זיך, וויפל פון זיי זײַנען פאָנעמען וואָס זײַנען בכח דיפערענצירן אַ באַדײַט און ניט סתם אַלאָפאָנען; דער פאַל פון „בגד כפת“ איז פאַר טייל מאָדערנע סטרוקטוראַליסטישע לינגוויסטן גראַדע ווייניקער אינטערעסאַנט ווײַל מען קען פאָראויסזאָגן וואו אַן עקספּלאָסיוו⸗קלאַנג (דגש) און וואו אַ ספּיראַנט (פריקאַטיוו) פון דער פאָנעטישער שכנות גופא: די ספּיראַנטן קומען נאָך אַ וואָקאַל און דעם עסק קענען זיי גאָר אָפּפּטרן מיט אַ פאָנאָלאָגישן „כלל פון נאָך⸗וואָקאַלישער ספּיראַנטיזירונג“, און שוין. אָבער אויך די טעמע וואָלט אונדז צו ווײַט אַוועקגעפירט.

דער עיקר איז דאָ דער מערקווערדיקער צד⸗השווה, ביי רעליגיעזע און פילאָלאָגישע פּרינציפּן, בײַם באַנעמען סימנים שבכתב (גראַפעמען — אותיות צי נקודות) פון קלאַסישן העברעאיש (אָדער אַוועלכן ניט איז אַמאָליקן לשון שבכתב). די רבנים וואָס גיבן זיך אָפּ מיטן ענין האַלטן, רעליגיעז⸗אידעאָלאָגיש, אַז די אוניקאַלע, דיפערענצירטע סימנים פונעם אוראַלטן הייליקן לשון מוזן אייביק אויפגענומען ווערן מיט אוניקאַלע, דיפערענצירטע קלאַנגען בײַ היינטיקן טאָג, לפּחות „פּרינציפּיעל“. ס′איז דאָך אַ פראַגע פון הייליקײַט. אָבער דאָס איז אַ הייליקײַט וואָס מען וועט אומזיסט זוכן אין דער תורה גופא, ווײַל ס′איז אַ שפּעטערדיקער ענין וואָס וואַקסט פון ריכטיק באַנעמען בדיעבד (צומאָל מיט טויזנטער יאָר שפּעטער) די הייליקע שפּראַך בײַ אַזעלכע אונטערנעמונגען ווי דאַוונען און בפרט בײַאַזאַ הייליקער תפילה ווי שמע ישראל (אַ טעמע באַהאַנדלט שוין אין דער משנה, מסכת ברכות), וואָס באַשטייט פון פּסוקים פון דער תורה. דאָס איז אַ הייליקײַט וואָס איז געוואַקסן בײַ רבנים פון אַ קלאָרן פילאָלאָגישן שכל הישר, אַז פאַרשיידענע סימנים האָבן אַמאָל אָנגעוויזן אויף פאַרשיידענע אַרויסריידן, אַפילו ווען טייל הבחנות זײַנען בײַ דער אָדער אַן אַנדער יידישער עדה פאַרלאָרן געוואָרן אין משך פון די דורות. און בײַ דער היסטאָרישער לינגוויסטיק איז עס גלאַט אַ שכלדיקער אויסגאַנג⸗פּונקט, מען זאָל האַלטן, אַז יעדער סימן האָט לכתחילה פאַרטראָטן אַן אוניקאַלן, יחיד⸗במינודיקן קלאַנג אָדער פאָנעטישן שטריך.

קערן מיר זיך אום צו הרב ר′ יחיאל מיכל עפּשטיין פון באַברויסק און נאַוואַרעדאָק. אין לעצטן סך⸗הכל איז גאָר ניט נייטיק צו פּאָסטולירן אַ באַקאַנטשאַפט מיט די נוסחאות פון געלייענטן אָדער געדאַוונטן העברעאיש אין ווײַטן תימן, און אַפילו ניט קיין איבעריקע באַהאַוונטקײַט אין דער קריסטלעכער קענטשאַפט פון קלאַסישן העברעאיש בײַ טייל געלערנטע (דער עיקר דעמאָלט: טייל גלחים). מיר זעען שוין פון אַפילו די געבראַכטע קורצע אויסצוגן פונעם ערוך השולחן, אַז דער רב האָט זיך אַרײַנגעטאָן אין אַן ענין וואָס שווימט אויף אין דער רבנישער ליטעראַטור, אין וועלכער ער איז כל ימיו געווען אַזוי גרינטלעך פאַרטיפט, ניט נאָר פון דער משנה, נאָר פון אַזעלכע אשכנזישע גדולים ווי דער מהר″ל פּראָג וועמען ער ברענגט אין סעיף האַרט פאַרן צווייטן ציטירטן סעיף. (וועגן טייל פון מהר″ל פּראָגס שיטות לגבי ניקוד און הברה האָבן מיר געשריבן מיט אַ סך יאָר צוריק אין שייכות מיט דרומדיקע אַקעגן צפונדיקע דיאַלעקטן אין מזרח אשכנז; זע כ″ץ 1993: זז. 61 – 65;  1994: זז. 238 – 244, וואו מיר זעען אַז בײַם מהר″ל זײַנען דאָ אויך קאַבאַליסטישע נטיות און אײַנשטעלונגען לטובת דער הברה פון די דרומדיקע יידן פון מזרח אייראָפּע). 

להיפּוך צום מהר″ל, דעם בעל תפארת ישראל, איז דער בעל ערוך השולחן אין די צוגעשיקטע ציטאַטן אַ בעל הלכה, ניט קיין מקובל און ניט קיין מליץ יושר פאַר אַוועלכן ניט איז דיאַלעקט אָדער קיבוץ יידן. פּשוט אַווײַטערפירנדיק די שקלא⸗וטריאס פון זײַנע פאָראויסגייער וועגן דעם אַז אין די סאַמע הייליקסטע תפילות, ווי שמע⸗ישראל, דאַרף מען זיך סטאַרען אויפהיטן וואָס מער חילוקים און וואָס מער דײַטלעכקײַט: א און ע; ס מיט שׂ מיט תֿ. ווייסן ווייסן מיר זייער גוט, אַז ביי יידן אין באַברויסק און נאַוואַרעדאָק איז ניט געווען קיין שמץ פון אַ חילוק ניט צווישן אַרויסרייד פון א און עס און שׂ און תֿ.

אין צווייטן פון די געבראַכטע אויסצוגן זאָגט ר′ יחיאל מיכל עפּשטיין, קלאָר ווי דער טאָג, אַז היות ווי בײַ אונדז איז ניטאָ קיין חילוקים אינעם לשון, איז מען יוצא מיטן נ י ט דיפערענצירן. להיפּוך צודערצו, פרובירט ער אין ערשטן ציטאַט פאָרט אײַנפירן מען זאָל זײַן וואָס מער אָפּגעהיט בײַ קריאת שמע, וואָס איז אַזוי הייליק, דערמאָנענדיק צווישן אַנדערע דעם ענין א און ע און דעם ענין סשׂ און תֿ. האָט דער חשובער שואל השאלה רעכט, אַז ס′בעט זיך דאָ בפירוש, מען זאָל אַ פרעג טאָן: וואָס האָט דער מחבר דאָ בדעה געהאַט?

אַ סברא, אַז דער רמז אויפן ענטפער ליגט אין וואָרט להטעים (′באַטאָנען′, ′אַקצענטירן′, ′לייגן דעם טראָפּ′ וכדומה) און אין דער פראַזע יש להטעים (′מען באַדאַרף באַטאָנען′ וכדומה). אַז אַן אָפּגעהיטער אין אָט די זאַכן, לאָמיר אָנכאַפּן אַ בעל קריאה צי גלאַט אַ צדקותדיקער ייד, רעדט אַרויס בײַם זאָגן קרישמע קלאָרער, העכער, פּאַמעלעכער (אָדער במחילה מיט מער אַספּיראַציע) אַן ע (אַקעגן אַן א), אָדער לאָמיר אָנכאַפּן אַ ס (איידער אַ תֿ), איז דאָס פאַר מענטשן, וואָס בײַ זיי אין לשון איז דור דורות ניטאָ קיין זכר פון די אוראַלטע, היסטאָרישע דיפערענצירונגען (וואָס סײַ רבנים און סײַ פילאָלאָגן אַמפּערן זיך וועגן זיי עד היום), האָט דער ייד שוין איינמאָל יוצא געווען. באַטאָנונג פון איין קלאַנג מער איידער אַן אַנדערער, ענלעכער, קלאַנג אין אַן איינאיינציקער תפילה הייסט שוין פאַר⸗זיך אַ חילוק געמאַכט — מיט וועלכן מען איז שוין לחלוטין יוצא.


נ.ב. בײַ לייענער וואָס קומען צו צו אָט די ענינים פונעם געביט פון דער יידישער פילאָלאָגיע און קולטור געשיכטע, איז וויכטיק האַלטן פאַרן אויג אַז דאָס איז פאַרשטייט זיך, גאָר אַן אַנדער ר′ יחיאל מיכל עפּשטיין איידער דער רב אין פּראָסטיץ סוף זיבעצעטן און די ערשטע יאָרן פון אַכצעטן יאָרהונדערט וועמענס כתבים וועגן דער יידישער שפּראַך זיינען אַן אָביעקט פון הייסער דיסקוסיע פון זינט ישראל צינבערג האָט אים פאַרן ברייטערן אינטעליגענטן יידיש⸗לייענענדיקן עולם מגלה געווען אין 1928, אין צווייטן באַנד פון די ווילנער פילאָלאָגישע שריפטן, אין זײַן אַרבעט „דער קאַמף פאַר יידיש אין דער אַלט⸗יידישער ליטעראַטור“ (צינבערג 1928: זז. 69 – 106, דאָרטן 95 – 96) וואָס האָט געפירט צו אַ סך דיסקוסיעס ביזן הײַנטיקן טאָג (זע כ″ץ 2007: 122 – 124, 129, 158; און צו מראה⸗מקומות צו די ביידע צדדים וואָס אינעם וויכוח אין די הערות צו זז. 122 – 124 וואָס דאָרטן, ז. 404; אויך כ″ץ 2015: 161 – 167, 203, 211, 307, 314).

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1952

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1954

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1960

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1954

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כ″ץ, הירשע⸗דוד [קאַץ, הירשע⸗דוד]

1982

Dovid Katz, Explorations in the History of the Semitic Component in Yiddish, 2 vols., PhD thesis, University College London: London. Online [vol. 1 also here] & vol. 2.

1983

“Dialektologie des Jiddischen” in Dialektologie. Ein Handbuch zur deutschen und allgemeinen Dialektforschung [= Handbuch zur Sprach- und Kommunikations-wissenchaft, I], Walter de Gruyter: Berlin & New York. Online.

1994

„נײַע גלגולים פון אַלטע מחלוקתן: די ליטווישע נאָרמע און די סיכסוכים וואָס אַרום איר“ אין ייוואָ בלעטער, נײַע סעריע (ניו⸗יאָרק) 2: 205  –  257. אויפן אינטערנעט.

1996

„וואו איז רײַסן?“ אין פאָרווערטס, 2טן פעברואַר 1996, זז. 13, 22. אויפן אינטערנעט.

2003

„דעם ווילנער גאונס יידיש“ אין ירושלימער אַלמאַנאַך 27:  49 – 61. אויפן אינטערנעט.

2007

Words on Fire: The Unfinished Story of Yiddish [2nd revised edition]. Basic Books: New York.

2008

“Itske Gavenda’s Memory of the Líte – Raysn Border” in Lítvish: An Atlas of Northeastern Yiddish. Online.

2013

„צו דער מעטאָדאָלאָגיע פון דער היסטאָרישער יידישער לינגוויסטיק“ אין DefendingHistory.com. אויפן אינטערנעט.

2015

Yiddish and Power. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke [UK].

2016

Litvish. An Atlas of Northeastern Yiddish. Online.

מאַרק, יודל

1951

„אונדזער ליטווישער יידיש” אין ליטע. בוך איינס, רעד. מענדל סודאַרסקי, אוריה קאצענעלענבאָגן, י. קיסין, קולטור געזעלשאַפט פון ליטווישע יידן: ניו⸗יאָרק.

עמדן [עמדין], יעקב

1897

מגלת ספר. כולל תולדות וזכרונות איש האלהים ורב פעלים, הרב הגאון הגדול מוהר″ר יעקב ישראל עמדן הנקרא יעב″ץ, אשר כתב בעצמו על ספר. יוצא לאור ראשונה מתוך כ″י הנמצא העיר אכספורד במדינת בריטניא, עם מבוא הגהות והערות וקורות הגאון יעב″ץ האחרונים. מאת דוד כהנא. האחים שולדבערג ושותפים: ווארשא. אויפן אינטערנעט.

פישער, יחיאל [בן⸗נון, יחיאל]

1936

Jechiel Fischer, Das Jiddische und sein Verhältnis zu den deutschen Mundarten unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der ostgalizischen Mundart. Ester Teil. Erste Hälfte: Allgemeiner Teil. Inauguraldissertation zur Erlangung der Doktorwürde einer hohen philosophischen Fakultät der Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Oswals Schmidt: Leipzig.

Jechiel Bin-Nun, Jiddisch und die deutsche Mundarten unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der ostgalizischen Jiddisch, Max Niemeyer: Tübingen.

צינבערג, ישראל

1929

„דער קאַמף פאַר יידיש אין דער אַלט⸗יידישער ליטעראַטור“ אין פילאָלאָגישע שריפטן (ווילנע): באַנד 3: זז. 69 – 106.

קאַץ, הירשע⸗דוד ⟵ כ″ץ, הירשע⸗דוד

קויפמאַן, דוד

1896

David Kaufmann (ed), Die Memoiren der Glückel von Hameln. 1649-1719. J. Kauffmann: Frankfurt am Main.


 

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July 2020

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ONLINE:

Yiddish Cultural Dictionary (An English-Yiddish Lexicon)

Words on Fire: The Unfinished Story of Yiddish

Virtual Yiddish Mini Museum of Old Jewish Vilna

Virtual Mini Museum of Interwar Jewish Life in Lithuania

Bible translations into Lithuanian Yiddish

Holocaust Studies papers in academic format

300th Anniversary of Birth of the Gaon of Vilna

2020

New bookEinstein from Svir and Other Short Stories [collection of twelve Yiddish short stories, eight set in pre World War I Lithuania; four set in London and New York], H. Leyvik Publishing House: Tel Aviv [project officially dated 2019, appeared in early Jan. 2020]. Book available at publisher’s website (or via: leyvikmail@gmail.com).

New booklet: The Book of Esther. Translated into Lithuanian Yiddish. In Memory of Rivke Katz (1921-2019). Vilnius: 36 pp.

In press: “Czernowitz at 110” [paper in English in academic format based on 2018 keynote conference lecture in Yiddish, with added notes, bibliography and maps] in Wolf Moskovich (ed),  Yiddish: A Jewish National Language at 110. Proceedings of the Czernowitz Yiddish Language International Conference, Dukh i Litera: Kyiv.

2 July: Latest additions to A Yiddish Cultural Dictionary: English-Yiddish Lexicon for the 21st Century.

22 April: Translation of the Book of Micah (from Biblical Hebrew) into Lithuanian Yiddish.

25 March: Translation of the Book of Obadiah (from Biblical Hebrew) into Lithuanian Yiddish.

24 March: Translation of the Book of Amos (from Biblical Hebrew) into Lithuanian Yiddish.

10 February 2020: Translation of the Book of Joel (from Biblical Hebrew) into Lithuanian Yiddish.

2 February: PDF of 2017 Vilnius publication of The Book of Ruth in Lithuanian Yiddish posted online.

30 January: “Kovno Leather Merchant D.L. Lipetz Writes to Son-in-Law Dr. Joseph Britanishsky in London (Leon Brittan’s Father) in 1930” in Mini-Museum of Jewish Life in Interwar Lithuania (exhibit 18).

27 January: “Yiddish and Hebrew Divorce Authorization Form from Early Years of Independent Lithuania” in Mini-Museum of Jewish Life in Interwar Lithuania (exhibit 17).

21 January 2020: “Chelm or New York? Yivo Fires its Librarians, While Investing “Fortune” in PR for Lithuanian Government’s Jewish Politics” in Defending History.

21 January: “Vilna Jewish Committee for Refugees Certifies Status of Matis Kolinsky (July 1940)” in Mini-Museum of Jewish Life in Interwar Lithuania (exhibit 16).

 

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2019

“The Yiddish Conundrum. A Cautionary Tale for Language Revivalism” in G. Hogan-Brun and  B. O’Rourke (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities, Basingstoke 2019, pp. 553-587.

“On Methodology in Yiddish Historical Linguistics” (in Yiddish) in Danielle Buschinger & Roy Rosenstein (eds), Jewish Identity and Comparative Studies [Festschrift for Astrid Starck-Adler], Centre d’Études Médiévales de Picardie: Amiens 2019, pp. 1-12.

“On the (Ab)use of Law to Remake the Historical Narrative of World War II” in Mémoires en Jeu / Memories at Stake, no. 9 (Paris), pp. 88 -93. PDF of proof only.

LRT TV interview; English original (part).

22 November: “But What is a Litvak Symbol?” in Defending History. 

15 November: “When is a Hollowed-Out Jewish Menorah a Flowerpot for a Symbol Nowadays Brandished by Far-Right Antisemites?” in Defending History.

13 AugustFirst Issue of Shleyme Bostomski & M. Chaimson’s new magazine for Yiddish teachers around the world, the “Shúl-Fraynd” (Vilna, Jan. 1936) in Virtual Museum of Old Jewish Vilna (no. 73).

12 August: Cited in Jillian Deutsch, “Plaque by Plaque, Lithuania Confronts its Wartime Past” in Politico

4 August“Oct. 1934 Vilna Yiddish Young People’s Magazine Brings News of Workmen’s Circle’s Yiddish School in Atlanta, Georgia” (in Yiddish) in Virtual Museum of Old Jewish Vilna (no. 72).

4 August: “Who’s Afraid of DefendingHistory.com?” on Defending History Facebook page.

1 August: “Bravo to Hizzoner Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius!” in Defending History. 

29 July: Cited in JTA report, “In Eastern Europe, Holocaust Museums are Missing from Key Historical Sites”. Report by Cnaan Liphshiz also in Sun Sentinel.

22 June: “Monument to Hitler Collaborator in Chicago: A Story that Won’t Go Away” in Defending History.

2 June: “Turmoil Growing over Monument in Chicago that Glorifies a Hitler Collaborator” in Defending History.

24 May: “Honest Mistake at Irish Embassy” in Defending History.

13 May: Interview with Alexandra Kudukis in The Lithuania Tribune.

15 April: “A Tale of Two Cities? New Britain (Connecticut) and Chicago (Illinois)” in Defending History.

1 April: “On Methodology in Yiddish Historical Linguistics” (in Yiddish) in Danielle Buschinger & Roy Rosenstein (eds), Jewish Identity and Comparative Studies [Festschrift for Astrid Starck-Adler], Centre d’Études Médiévales de Picardie: Amiens 2019, pp. 1-12.

1 April: TV interview on issues of Holocaust remembrance and democracy in Eastern Europe (Jazz News TV).

3 March: “1931 Letter from Meyshe in Klaipeda (Memel) to His Brother Motl in Kharkov (Kharkiv)” (in Yiddish) in Virtual Museum of Interwar Jewish Lithuania (no. 15).

25 February: “Kaunas Society of Jesus Buys Cloth for Aprons, Oilcloth & Canvas from M. Tabatchnik’s Dry Goods Store” (in Yiddish) in Virtual Museum of Interwar Jewish Lithuania (no. 14).

24 February: “Dovid Lipman’s Corner Shop is for Electrics, but Also Offers a Cosmetics Section (in Yiddish) in Virtual Museum of Interwar Jewish Lithuania (no. 13).

19 February: “Ms. S. Vulfartaite’s and Her Kaunas Shop of Exotic Butters Made  in Riga” (in Yiddish) in Virtual Museum of Interwar Jewish Lithuania (no. 12).

10 February“The New Yiddish Book about Vilna and its Author Aaron Garon” in Defending History.

24 January: Cited in JTA report, “Lithuanian Church Removes Jewish Headstones Used as Stairs”.

23 January:  “Once Again, Sophomoric and Substandard Journalism at the Yiddish Forward” in Defending History.

11 January“1930s Vilna Family Sends Photo to Relatives in Israel with Message: ‘Don’t forget us!’ ” (in Yiddish) in Virtual Museum of Old Jewish Vilna (no. 71).

10 January: “A Significant Trial of Holocaust History” in Defending History  (quotation).

1 January: “The Yiddish Conundrum. A Cautionary Tale for Language Revivalism” in G. Hogan-Brun and  B. O’Rourke (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities, Basingstoke 2019, pp. 553-587.

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2018

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Papers, essays, Bible translations and a dictionary:

“The Czernowitz Conference at 110” [in Yiddish]. Keynote address at the International Conference on the 110th Anniversary of the 1908 Yiddish Language Conference at Czernowitz on 6 August 2018; forthcoming in conference volume edited by Wolf Moskovich. Draft only (without footnote apparatus).

A Forgotten Poem by Hirsh Glik on the Beauty of Nighttime Winter Vilna and its Viliya River” [in Yiddish] in Virtual Yiddish Mini Museum of Old Jewish Vilna (exhibit 67).

“The Baltic Movement to Obfuscate the Holocaust” in Alex J. Kay and David Stahel (eds), Mass Violence in Nazi-Occupied Europe: New Debates and Perspectives, Indiana University Press: Bloomington 2018, pp. 235-261.

“Primary Holocaust Inversion and Eastern European Antisemitism” in Charles Asher Small (ed), The ISGAP Papers: Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective (vol. 3), Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, 2018, pp. 207-218.

“Lithuania’s Museum of Holocaust Denial. A state-sponsored institution in Vilnius rewrites history to the delight of Europe’s new ultranationalists” in Tablet. In Russian translation.

2018 by date:

26 December. “The 1924 Mizrahi (Religious Zionist) Youth Movement Membership Card of Reuven Finger”  (in Yiddish) in Virtual Museum of Old Jewish Vilna (no. 70).

22 December. “A Vilna Yiddish Theatre Studio Invites Zalmen Reyzen to Scenes from Skakespeare, Schiller, Gorki, Gogol and Büchner” (in Yiddish) in Virtual Museum of Old Jewish Vilna (no. 69).

16 December. “Another One-Sided Yivo Program on the Lithuanian Holocaust — in New York?” in Defending History.

5 December: “Is Yiddish ‘Lingua non grata’ at National Library’s Exhibition on Prewar Lithuanian Jewish Life?” in Defending History.

29 November: Interviewed on the Real News Network regarding events in Poland.

21 November: “US Taxpayer-Funded Commission Taken to Court in DC for Helping Vilnius Builders Desecrate City’s Old Jewish Cemetery” in  Defending History.

19 November“A Hebrew Betar Medal from Interwar Vilna” in Virtual Yiddish Museum of Old Jewish Vilna, (no. 68).

19 November: “Is Yad Vashem Legitimizing Vilnius ‘Genocide Center’?” in Defending History.

21 OctoberPosting of draft translation of Hosea from Biblical Hebrew into Lithuanian Yiddish (books translated to date).

10 October: Jacob Piliansky, 72, Soft-Spoken Spokesperson for Historic Jewish Truth, Dies in Vilnius” in Defending History.

1 October: “The Question Fareed Zakaria Left Out of Interview with Ukraine’s President” in Defending History.

23 September: Sept. 23rd Ponár Memorial and Pope Francis’s Visit to Vilna Ghetto Memorial” in Defending History.

21 September: Cited in JTA report “Pope Francis Urged to Speak Out Against Construction Atop a Vilnius Jewish Cemetery”; also in Times of Israel on 22 Sept.

16 September: “Ten Israeli Knesset Members Call on Lithuania’s President to Move Convention Center Project Away from Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery” in Defending History.

10 September: Cited in Andrew Higgins, “Nazi Collaborator or National Hero? A Test for Lithuania” in The New York Times.

6 September: Cited in Saul Chapnick, “The Midnight Plane to Czernowitz: The 2018 International Yiddish Conference” in The Times of Israel.

23 August: “WJC Tweet Causes Pain to Holocaust Survivors and their Families” in Defending History.

23 August: Cited in Ben Cohen, “Holocaust Experts Urge Israeli PM Netanyahu to Confront ‘Rewriting of Shoah History’ During Visit to Baltics” in Algemeiner.com.

6 August“The Czernowitz Conference at 110” [in Yiddish]. Keynote address at the International Conference on the 110th Anniversary of the 1908 Yiddish Language Conference at Czernowitz on 6 August 2018; forthcoming in conference volume edited by Wolf Moskovich. Draft only (without footnote apparatus).

24 July: Cited in Jada Yuan, “Places 24 and 25 of 52: In Tallinn and Vilnius, the Complexities of Independence” in The New York Times.

2 July: Cited in  Margherita Nasi, “La Lituanie troublée par la mémoire de la Shoah” in Le Monde. As PDF.

5 June: “Freud and 21st Century Yiddish” [in Yiddish]. Abstract for commissioned paper at the 2020 conference of Freud and Yiddish at the Centre Culturel International de Cerisy).

4 June: Cited in Joanna Plucinska’s “Ghosts of Lithuania’s Past Brought Back by a Child’s Toy” in Politico.eu.

30 May: Cited in “Lithuanian Jews Protest in Vilnius Against Leadership of the Lithuanian Jewish Community, Demand Free and Fair Elections” in The Weekly of Vilnius, pp. 34-39.

29 May: Cited in JTA’s “Lithuanian Jews Rally to Demand Fair Internal Elections” in JTA.

28 May: “100 Jews from Across Lithuania Peacefully Protest Undemocratic Hijack of Official Jewish Community” in Defending History.

22 May: “An Opportunity for Leaders of Israel’s ‘March of the Living’ in Vilnius” in Defending History.

18 May: Cited in Shalom Goldman’s “The Catholic Priest who Became an Orthodox Jew” in Tablet.

25 April: “Poland’s New Holocaust Law is Bad, but Not the Worst” in Jewish Currents.

25 April: Cited in JTA report, “Congress Members Call our Ukraine Government for Glorifying Nazis”.

24 April: Compilation of 15 Yiddish poems by Menke Katz (1906-1991) posted on the occasion of the poet’s 27th yórtsayt, on DovidKatz.net.

12 April: “Lithuania’s Museum of Holocaust Denial. A state-sponsored institution in Vilnius rewrites history to the delight of Europe’s new ultranationalists” in Tablet.

9 April: “Brussels (& Some Fine London Architects) Duped into ‘Double Genocide’ Program of ‘Equalizing’ Nazi and Soviet Crimes?” in Defending History. 

6 April: “New Britain, Connecticut Says No to Monument Honoring Alleged Holocaust Collaborator” in Defending History. 

2 April: Statement on New Britain, Connecticut issues included in DH report, “Defending History in New Britain, Connecticut Against Plans to Glorify Alleged Holocaust Collaborator on Public Grounds” in Defending History.

30 March: Cited in Rod Nordland’s “Where the Genocide Museum is (Mostly) Mum on the Fate of Jews” in The New York Times. Hebrew translation of the article published by Haaretz, 2 April 2018.

30 March: Compilation and posting of old Vilna area Yiddish versions of three principal Passover songs in “Litvak Culture” section of Defending History.

30  March: Interviewed by Adam Asher: “Vilna Without Vilna” in the Oxford Review of Books.

20 March: Interviewed by Paul Simon:  “Ein systematischer Versuch, die Geschichte umzuschreiben” in Jungle World.

16 March: “Could Lithuania’s Single Freedom of Speech Lapse be on Questions of History?” in Defending History.

13 March: Co-author of Defending History’s eyewitness report on the March 11th neo-Nazi march in central Vilnius [cited in Weekly of Vilnius, 12-18 March 2018, pp. 15-16].

6 March: “Chief Rabbi of Western Wall and and Holy Sites in Israel Calls on Lithuania’s President to Cancel Convention Center Project at Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery” in Defending History.

19 February: “A Forgotten Poem by Hirsh Glik on the Beauty of Nighttime Winter Vilna and its Viliya River” [in Yiddish] in Virtual Yiddish Mini Museum of Old Jewish Vilna (exhibit 67).

18 February “Nationalist” March in Central Vilnius on Lithuania’s 100th Birthday Ends Up in Usual Neo-Nazi Spirit” in Defending History.

17 February“Red-Brown Commission’ Boasts of Conference Honoring Alleged 1941 Collaborator” in Defending History.

16 February: “Defending History Celebrates Lithuania’s 100th Anniversary” in Defending History.

9 February: “Israel Chonicle [Updated]” in Defending History.

1 February: “Registry of Opposition to “The National Convention Center” Atop the Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery at Piramónt (Šnipiškės) [updated]” in Defending History.

1 February: “Agnieszka Jablonska’s August 2017 Report on Wrocław Jewish Cemetery Now in Public Domain” in Defending History.

21 JanuaryYiddish Cultural Dictionary for the 21st Century project goes online.

15 January: “Chief Rabbi of Israel Pleads with Lithuania’s President to Abandon Plans for Convention Center on the Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery” in Defending History.

14 January: “Great Expectations for Kaunas, as City is Named 2022 ‘Capital of European Culture’” in Defending History.

14 January: “Does the City of New Britain, Connecticut Really Want to Honor Someone who Led a Hitlerist Militia in the Early Days of the Lithuanian Holocaust?” in Defending History.

1 January: “Malvina Šokelytė Valeikienė is Defending History’s 2018 Person of the Year” in Defending History.

2018 Projects in Progress:

Yiddish Cultural Dictionary for the 21st Century [online].

Dovid and Goliath: Writings on East European Holocaust Revisionism and Antisemitism, 2007-2018 [in preparation in partnership with publisher].

Yiddish Virtual Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna [in Yiddish, index in English] (work in progress). http://defendinghistory.com/keepsakes-of-old-jewish-vilna-index

Yiddish Virtual Mini-Museum of Jewish Life in Interwar Lithuania [in Yiddish, index in English] (work in progress). http://defendinghistory.com/index-to-virtual-mini-museum-of-jewish-life-in-the-interwar-lithuanian-republic/91524

Responsa on Yiddish Linguistics [in Yiddish] (work in progress). http://defendinghistory.com/responsa-in-yiddish-linguistics-by-dovid-katz

Bible translations into Lithuanian Yiddish (work in progress): RuthI KingsII Kings,  JonahSong of SongsEcclesiastes, Lamentations, Daniel, Esther

Youtube postings of a quarter century of interviews with the last in-situ Litvaks (work in progress).  https://www.youtube.com/playlist=PL89369D626BD42D2C&feature=plcp

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2017

“The Extraordinary Recent History of Holocaust Studies in Lithuania” in Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust, vol. 31.3 “Scholars’ Forum: Holocaust Historiography in Eastern Europe (Part II)” (December 2017), pp. 285-295.   http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/23256249.2017.1395530?journalCode=rdap20;  PDF of proof at: http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dovid-Katz-on-Holocaust-Studies-in-Lithuania-PROOF-ONLY-Dec.-2017.pdf

“Inseparable Threesome: Leyzer Ran, Vilna, and Yiddish” in Charles Berlin (ed.), Catalog of the Leyzer Ran Collection in the Harvard College Library, Harvard Library: Cambridge, Massachusetts 2017, pp. 13-16.

The Book of Ruth. Translated from the Biblical Hebrew into Lithuanian Yiddish, Ele-Leyzer (Elchik) Chait: Vilnius 2017, 20 pp. Prelim pages available at: http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Ruth-first-3-prelims.pdf  

“Free Trade Awry? The Westward Export of Double Genocide” in Danielle Buschinger and Roy Rosenstein (eds), Mélanges offerts à Jeff Richards par ses amis à l’occasion de son 65e anniversaire. Centre d’Etudes Médiévales de la Picardie, Amiens 2017. Proof at: http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Dovid-Katzs-paper-in-Earl-Jeffrey-Richards-festschrift-2017.pdf

“West is West, East is East: The Specific East European Incarnation of Antisemitism” in Krytyka Literacka, 2017 (2), pp. 15-17.

Dated Entries in Reverse Chronological Order:

Latest entry in Virtual Yiddish Mini-Museum of Jewish Culture in the Interwar Lithuanian Republic, 25 December 2017.  Index (in English):  http://defendinghistory.com/index-to-virtual-mini-museum-of-jewish-life-in-the-interwar-lithuanian-republic/91524

“Take Note, Historians of Israeli Diplomacy: Betraying the Truth about the Holocaust is Not a Good Idea” in Defending History, 24 December 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/take-note-historians-of-israeli-diplomacy-betraying-the-truth-about-the-holocaust-is-not-a-good-idea/92431

“Vilnius District Court Nullifies LJC Head’s Spring 2017 Alleged ‘Kangaroo-Election Power Grab’” in Defending History, 21 December 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/vilnius-district-court-nullifies-heads-may-2017-alleged-steal-the-election-power-grab/92375

“Two Perspicacious Comments in Today’s Issue of Weekly of Vilnius” in Defending History, 17 December 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/two-perspicacious-comments-in-todays-issue-of-the-weekly-of-vilnius/92200

“Did Israel Cross a Holocaust Red Line Today by Honoring Leader of a Pro-Nazi 1941 Militia?” in Defending History, 15 December 2017.  http://defendinghistory.com/did-israel-cross-a-holocaust-red-line-today-by-honoring-leader-of-a-pro-nazi-1941-militia/92121

“28 Oct. 1919 Issue of Kóvne’s Zionist Yiddish Paper Yídishe shtíme”  [in Yiddish] in Mini-Museum of Jewish Culture in the Interwar Lithuanian Republic (9), 4 December 2017.  

“Lithuania’s Jewish Affairs Minister Max Soloveitchik Writes to his German Counterpart in 1922” [in Yiddish] in Mini-Museum of Jewish Culture in the Interwar Lithuanian Republic (3), 28 November 2017.  http://defendinghistory.com/lithuanias-jewish-affairs-minister-max-soloweitschik-writes-to-his-german-counterpart-in-1922

“Lithuanian Language Textbook for Hebrew Schools with Ékhod mi yoydéya in Lithuanian (Mariampolė 1928)” [in Yiddish] in Mini-Museum of Jewish Culture in the Interwar Lithuanian Republic (1), 26 November 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/childrens-lithuanian-language-textbook-for-hebrew-schools-mariampole-1928

“The ‘Double Genocide’ Theory: The New and Official Form of Holocaust Denial” in Jewish Currents, 22 November 2017. http://jewishcurrents.org/the-double-genocide-theory/ 

“Real or Rigged ‘International Conference on Fascism and Antisemitism’ in Vilnius on 9 November?” in Defending History, 7 November 2017.  http://defendinghistory.com/real-or-a-rigged-international-conference-on-fascism-and-antisemitism-in-vilnius-on-9-november/91109

“Harvard Publishes Catalog of the Leyzer Ran Collection in Harvard College Library” in Defending History, 6 November 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/harvard-publishes-catalog-of-the-leyzer-ran-collection-in-harvard-college-library/91082

“Joseph Melamed, Major Leader of International Litvak Community, Dies in Tel Aviv at 93” in Defending History, 29 October 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/joseph-melamed-major-leader-of-international-litvak-community-dies-in-tel-aviv-at-93/90846

“New Prague — Brussels Battle over European History?” in Defending History, 24 October 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/new-prague-brussels-battle-over-european-history/90736

“Anti-Nazi Partisan Hero Chasia Langbord Shpanerflig, 96, Dies in Vilnius” in Defending History, 21 October 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/anti-nazi-partisan-hero-chasia-langbord-shapenerflig-97-dies-in-vilnius/90566

“Text of Irish Ambassador Dónal Denham’s 2008 Speech at Brantsovsky Reception is Released for the Record” in Defending History, 20 October 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/text-of-irish-ambassador-donal-denhams-2008-speech-at-brantsovsky-reception-is-released-for-the-record/90606

“Lithuania’s Prime Minister Bizarrely Claims that Conference Center on Old Jewish Cemetery will ‘Lift’ Vilnius…” in Defending History, 5 October 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/lithuanias-prime-minister-bizarrely-claims-that-conference-center-on-old-jewish-cemetery-will-lift-vilnius/90332

“New ‘Litvak’ Postage Stamp Brings Pain to Lithuanian Jews, Holocaust Survivors, Yiddish Lovers” in Defending History, 25 September 2017.  http://defendinghistory.com/new-litvak-postage-stamp-brings-pain-to-lithuanian-jews-holocaust-survivors-yiddish-lovers/90224

“Historic Conference on Future of Vilna Great Synagogue Site is Open to All” in Defending History, 29 August 2017.  http://defendinghistory.com/historic-conference-on-future-of-vilna-great-synagogue-site-is-open-to-all/89733

“New NATO Film Unwittingly Glorifies Holocaust Collaborators” in Algemeiner.com, 28 August 2017. https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/08/28/new-nato-film-unwittingly-glorifies-holocaust-collaborators

“Brand New Yiddish Signs Come to Malát (Molėtai), Town in Northeast Lithuania” in Defending History, 27 August 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/brand-new-yiddish-signs-come-to-lithuanian-town-malat-moletai/89622

“Honest Error at German Embassy in Vilnius?” in Defending History, 27 August 2017.  http://defendinghistory.com/honest-error-at-german-embassy-in-vilnius/89683 

“Neo-Nazis in Lithuania Again Get “Material” from “Official” Jewish Community’s Leadership” in Defending History, 26 August 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/neo-nazis-in-lithuania-again-find-material-in-website-of-official-state-sponsored-jewish-community-of-lithuania/89662

“New Hotel on Top of Old Jewish Cemetery in Wrocław? A Challenge for Poland’s Jewish-Interest Activists and London’s CPJCE” in Defending History, 25 August 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/new-hotel-on-top-of-old-jewish-cemetery-in-wroclaw-a-challenge-for-polands-jewish-interest-activists-and-londons-cpjce/89636

“12 US Congressmen Call on Lithuania’s President to Move Convention Center Project Away from Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery” in Defending History, 13 August 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/12-us-congressmen-call-on-lithuanias-president-to-move-convention-center-project-away-from-old-vilna-jewish-cemetery/89344

“Vilnius Jewish Community Releases Letter Signed by 20 Elected Board Members Addressed to ‘Good Will Foundation’” in Defending History, 7 August 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/vilnius-jewish-community-releases-letter-signed-by-20-elected-board-members-addressed-to-good-will-foundation/89289

“Defending History Releases Yiddish Version of Julius Norwilla’s Lithuanian and English Poster for Piramónt” in Defending History, 11 July 2017.  http://defendinghistory.com/defending-history-releases-yiddish-version-of-julius-norwillas-lithuanian-and-english-poster-for-piramont/89208

“A Letter and a Dedication from the late Yesháye Epshteyn (Yeshayahu Epstein)” in Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna (66), 29 June 2017.  http://defendinghistory.com/mini-museum-of-old-jewish-vilna-66 

“In Reply to 40,000 Petition Signatories, Lithuania’s Chancellor Rehashes Reliance on Allegedly Corrupt Group of London Rabbis who Reject Consensus of Litvak Rabbis Internationally” in Defending History, 14 June 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/in-reply-to-40000-petition-signatories-lithuanias-chancellor-rehashes-reliance-on-allegedly-corrupt-group-of-london-rabbis-who-reject-consensus-of-litvak-rabbis-internationally88871-2/88871 

“Neo-Nazis Pick Up Hate Materials from… (Hijacked?) Official ‘Lithuanian Jewish (Litvak) Community’ Website” in Defending History, 10 June 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/neo-nazis-pick-up-hate-materials-from-official-lithuanian-jewish-community-website/88811

“Young Vilnius Jews Converge on Jewish Community Center to Protest Rigged Election” in Defending History, 28 May 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/young-jews-converge-on-jewish-community-center-to-protest-rigged-election/88719 

“Adopting Antisemitic Trope, “Official Jewish Community Website” Blasts 300 Vilnius Jews as “Mainly Russian Speakers Calling Themselves Jews” in Defending History, 24 May 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/adopting-antisemitic-parlance-official-jewish-community-website-blasts-300-vilnius-jews-as-mainly-russian-speakers-calling-themselves-jews/88619

“Has Anti-Lithuanian Political Operative Infiltrated Official Jewish Community to Sow Turmoil?” in Defending History, 19 May 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/has-anti-lithuanian-political-operative-infiltrated-official-jewish-community-to-sow-turmoil/88505

“Arkadijus Vinokuras: Chairperson’s Henchman-Spoiler or Independent Candidate?” in Defending History, 18 May 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/arkadijus-vinokuras-chairpersons-henchman-spoiler-or-independent-candidate/88471

“Is ‘Good Will Foundation’ Enabling a Mockery of Jewish Community Democracy in Lithuania?” in Defending History, 16 May 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/is-good-will-foundation-enabling-a-mockery-of-jewish-community-democracy-in-lithuania/88397

“Fake Nationalist Menorah: New Low in Litvak Identity Theft?” in Defending History, 12 May 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/fake-nationalist-menorah-new-low-in-litvak-identity-theft/88322

“Lithuanian Jews Dismayed at New Attempt to Crush Democracy” in Defending History, 7 May 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/lithuanian-jews-dismayed-as-communitys-democracy-seems-crushed/88273

“Vilnius Jews Shocked by Maneuver to Rig the Community’s Elections” in Defending History, 21 April 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/vilnius-jews-shocked-by-maneuver-to-rig-the-communitys-elections/88092

“Would a Lithuanian Church Proceed in 2017 to Honor an Alleged Local Holocaust Perpetrator?” in Defending History, 19 April 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/would-a-lithuanian-church-proceed-in-2017-to-honor-an-alleged-local-holocaust-perpetrator/88036

“Major German Holocaust Scholar Slips (Again) into Baltic Nationalist Discourse” in Defending History, 28 March 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/major-german-holocaust-scholar-slips-again-into-baltic-nationalist-discourse/87609

“US Taxpayer-Funded Commission Mixed Up in Desecration of Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery is Reported to Senate Oversight Committee” in Defending History, 27 March 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/dc-commission-colluding-in-desecration-of-old-vilna-jewish-cemetery-is-reported-to-senate-oversight-committee/87584

“State-Sponsored “Genocide Center” Issues Document that is ‘2017’s Jew-Witch Hunt’ Against 95 Year Old Holocaust Survivor Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky” in Defending History, 26 March 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/state-sponsored-genocide-center-issues-document-that-is-2017s-jew-witch-hunt-against-95-year-old-holocaust-survivor-fania-yocheles-brantsovsky/87385

“Vilnius Jewish Community Board Issues ‘Historic Call’ for Restoration of Democracy” in Defending History, 23 March 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/vilnius-jewish-community-issues-bold-letter-demanding-a-formal-meeting-be-called/87377

“Vilnius Author of Piramónt Petition, Head of Kaunas Synagogue Present Petition’s 39,000 Signatures to Lithuanian Government” in Defending History, 21 March 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/vinius-author-of-piramont-petition-and-head-of-kaunass-choral-synagogue-present-petitions-39000-signatures-to-the-lithuanian-government/87333

“‘Statistics” Posted by the ‘Good Will Foundation’ in Vilnius” in Defending History, 19 March 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/statistics-posted-by-the-good-will-foundation-in-vilnius/87260

“Defending History’s Statement on Need for Announcement of Democratic Elections for Leadership of Lithuanian Jewish Community” in Defending History, 19 March 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/defending-historys-statement-on-urgent-need-for-announcement-of-fair-and-free-democratic-elections-for-leadership-of-the-lithuanian-jewish-community/87195

“Simóntshik Launches Campaign for Leadership of Lithuanian Jewish Community” in Defending History, 14 March 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/simontshik-launches-campaign-for-leadership-of-lithuanian-jewish-community/87113

“Over 500 Neo-Nazis Granted Center of Vilnius for March 11th Parade; A Tirade Against Holocaust Survivor Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky, 95” in Defending History, 11 March 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/over-500-neo-nazis-granted-center-of-vilnius-for-annual-march-16th-parade-tirade-against-95-year-old-holocaust-survivor-fania-yocheles-brantsovsky/86980

“London Beth Din (Rabbinical Court) Issues Summons to Two Leaders of Lithuania’s Official Jewish Community” in Defending History, 3 March 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/london-beth-din-rabbinical-court-issues-summons-to-two-leaders-of-lithuanias-official-jewish-community/86880

“Vilna or Chelm? After 22 Years of Service to Community, Rabbi is Driven from Synagogue Gates by Hired Armed Guards for Having ‘Called out Page Number'” in Defending History, 28 February 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/vilna-or-chelm-after-22-years-of-service-to-community-rabbi-is-driven-from-synagogue-gates-for-having-called-out-the-prayerbook-page-numbers-last-saturday/86832

“After ‘Blissful United Congregation’ on Sabbath, Some Leaders of “Official” Community Again Take Aim at Rabbi Krinsky” in Defending History, 27 February. http://defendinghistory.com/after-blissful-united-congregation-on-sabbath-leaders-of-vilnius-community-again-take-aim-for-rabbi-krinsky/86799

“Lithuanian Jewish Community Chairperson Faina Kukliansky Issues Powerful Statement on Annual ‘Holiday’ that Humiliates Jews and Roma” in Defending History, 27 February 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/lithuanian-jewish-community-chairperson-faina-kukliansky-issues-powerful-statement-challenging-the-annual-holiday-that-humiliates-jews-and-roma/86776

“Ethical & Cultural Level of ‘Admas Kodesh’ (/CPJCE) that is Underpinned by Taxpayer-Supported USCPAHA” in Defending History, 27 February 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/ethical-cultural-level-of-admas-kodesh-cpjce-that-is-revered-by-taxpayer-supported-uscpaha/86757

“London CPJCE Spokesman Proclaims a Soviet Ruin in Vilnius to be Lithuania’s ‘London Tower’ and its ‘Statue of Liberty'” in Defending History, 23 February 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/london-cpjce-spokesman-proclaims-a-soviet-ruin-in-vilnius-to-be-lithuanias-london-tower-and-its-statue-of-liberty/86666.  Reposted on 27 February 2017 by the Five Towns Jewish Times in the United States. http://5tjt.com/london-cpjce-spokesman-proclaims-a-soviet-ruin-in-vilnius-to-be-lithuanias-london-tower-and-its-statue-of-liberty/.

“A Year & One Month Since US Commission on Heritage Abroad (USCPAHA) “Reported to Satmar Rebba” in Monsey, N.Y.” in Defending History, 20 February 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/a-year-a-month-since-us-commission-on-heritage-abroad-uscpaha-reported-to-satmar-rebba/86546

“Neo-Nazis, Glorifying Holocaust Collaborators & Spewing Racism, Again Gifted Center of Kaunas on Lithuania’s Cherished Feb 16th Independence Day” in Defending History, 16 February 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/neo-nazis-glorifying-holocaust-collaborators-spewing-racism-again-gifted-center-of-kaunas-on-lithuanias-cherished-feb-16th-independence-day/86753

“Kaunas, Lithuania: Run-Up to the February 16th 2017 Neo-Nazi March on Independence Day” in Defending History, 15 February 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/kaunas-lithuania-run-up-to-the-february-16th-neo-nazi-march-on-independence-day/86478

“A Major New Shtetl Museum for Shádev (Shádov, Shádeve, Today’s — Šeduva)” in Defending History, 15 February 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/a-major-new-shtetl-mueseum-in-shadev-shadov-shadeve-todays-seduva/86444

“When the Picture and the Headline Tell Opposite Stories” in Defending History,  12 February 2017.  http://defendinghistory.com/when-the-picture-and-the-headline-tell-the-opposite-story/86363

Weekly of Vilnius is First to Cover Bloshtein Petition in Lithuanian Media” in Defending History, 6 February 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/the-weekly-of-vilnius-first-to-cover-bloshtein-petition-in-lithuanian-media/86240

“Additional Reading Suggestions for Participants in a Feb. 2017 Yivo Course” in Defending History, 24 January 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/additional-reading-suggestions-for-participants-in-yivos-feb-2017-holocaust-in-lithuania-course/86078

“Song of Songs translated into Lithuanian Yiddish”, posted 20 January 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/song-of-songs-in-lithuanian-yiddish

“Reply to Rabbi Herschel Gluck” in Defending History, 17 January 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/rabbi-hershel-gluck-obe-speaks-to-jewish-chronicle-trashing-the-international-petition-with-34000-signatures/85915

“CPJCE’S American Affiliate Calls 34,000 Petition Signers ‘Evil People'” in Defending History, 17 January 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/cpjces-american-affiliate-calls-34000-petition-signers-evil-people/85935

“Official Community’s Private Security Force Again Bars Rabbi Sholom Ber Krinsky from Sabbath Services” in Defending History, 9 January 2017. http://defendinghistory.com/official-communitys-private-security-force-again-bars-rabbi-sholom-ber-krinsky-from-sabbath-services/85737

“Ecclesiastes translated into Lithuanian Yiddish”, posted 5 January 2017.  http://defendinghistory.com/the-book-of-ecclesiastes-in-lithuanian-yiddish.

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2016

“Antisemitism in the Twenty-First Century Shtetl” in ISGAP Flashpoint, no. 38. http://isgap.org/flashpoint/antisemitism-in-the-21st-century-shtetl/

“Is Eastern European ‘Double Genocide’ Revisionism Reaching Museums?” in Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust, vol. 30.3: 1–30 [Nov. 2016]. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23256249.2016.1242043http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Dovid-Katz-2016-Dapim-paper-PROOF-ONLY.pdf 

“Barring a Jew from Prayer Services is a Human Rights Issue” in Defending History, 1 November 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/where-barring-a-jew-from-synagogue-services-becomes-a-human-rights-issue/84523.

“Did ‘Double Genocide’ Just Get to the O’Reilly Factor?” in Defending History, 22 October 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/did-double-genocide-just-get-to-the-oreilly-factor/84320

“When ‘Putin’ Becomes an Excuse for Hitler-Glorification’ in Jewish Currents, 10 October 2016.  http://isgap.org/flashpoint/butchering-history-but-not-the-jews-the-case-of-post-revolutionary-ukraine/

“Yiddish Loses Last Global Position as Symbolic ‘First Jewish Language’ in Vilnius” in Defending History, 20 September 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/yiddish-loses-last-global-position-as-symbolic-first-jewish-language-in-vilna/83979

“Media coverage of the Malát (Molėtai) Holocaust Remembrance Project” in Defending History. 14 September 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/media-coverage-of-the-malat-moletai-holocaust-remembrance-project-selection/83789

“Att. Mr. Mayor of Vilnius: Streets Named for Hitler’s Local Partners, and Plans for Congress Center on Top of Old Jewish Cemetery’ in Defending History, 13 September 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/att-mr-mayor-of-vilnius-streets-named-for-hitlers-local-partners-and-plans-for-congress-center-on-old-jewish-cemetery/83186

“Editor’s Comment on a Yad Vashem Group Visiting Lithuania” in Defending History, 11 September 2016.  http://defendinghistory.com/editors-comment-on-a-yad-vashem-group-visiting-lithuania/83826

“August and September 2016 Memorials for Destroyed Jewish Communities” in Defending History, 4 September 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/august-and-september-2016-memorials-for-destroyed-jewish-communities/83776

“2016 Deterioration of Holocaust History and of Freedom of Speech in Poland” in Defending History, 2 September 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/2016-deterioration-of-holocaust-history-and-of-freedom-of-speech-in-poland/83803

“How Does a 21th Century Municipality of a Former Shtetl Deal with its Annihilated Jewish Population?” on Facebook, 30 August 2016. https://www.facebook.com/dovid.katz/posts/1324916140872928

Séyfer Yóyne” [‘Book of Jonah’: Bible translation into Lithuanian Yiddish], 28 August 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/%20the-book-of-jonah-in-lithuanian-yiddish

Megílas Éykho” [‘Book of Lamentations’: Bible translation into Lithuanian Yiddish], 21 August 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/the-book-of-lamentations-in-lithuanian-yiddish

Baltic Red-Brown “Nazi-Soviet Hunter” Featured at Brazil’s Olympics in Rio” in Defending History, 12 August 2016. Defending History: ‘Baltic Red-Brown “Nazi-Soviet Hunter” Featured at Brazil’s Olympics in Rio’.

“Interpretation of a 19th century Belarusian rabbi’s comments on the phonetics and phonology of Ashkenazic Hebrew”, Responsum no. 3 in Yiddish Linguistics series, 9 August 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/responsa-in-yiddish-linguistics-by-dovid-katz#giml

“But Who is Against the National Congress Center in the Old Vilna Jewish cemetery?” [annotated bibliography of publications to date, in progress] in Defending History, 8 August 2016. Defending History: [updated version of] ‘But who is against the National Congress Center in the old Vilna Jewish cemetery?’

“Lithuanian State Bank and Major UK Firm Seem Deeply Involved in Vilnius Jewish Cemetery Scandal” in Defending History, 8 August 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/turto-bankas-announces-national-congress-center-project-in-heart-of-vilnas-old-jewish-cemetery/82905

Séyfer Doníyel” [‘Book of Daniel’: Bible translation into Lithuanian Yiddish; Aramaic parts of Daniel into older version of Northeastern Yiddish], 7 August 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/the-book-of-daniel-in-lithuanian-yiddish

“Wiesenthal Center Calls on Kaunas Mayor to End Abuse of “Seventh Fort”; Pressure Builds on Vilnius Mayor’s Jewish Politics” in Defending History, 2 August 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/wiesenthal-center-calls-on-kaunas-mayor-to-act-on-holocaust-mass-murder-site-used-for-weddings-and-fun/82797

“When Yiddish is a Prop for Holocaust Revisionism” in Defending History, 24 July 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/when-yiddish-is-a-prop-for-holocaust-revisionism/82568

“Defending History Responds to Vilnius Architects’ Visualizations for National Convention Center in the Old Vilna Jewish cemetery” in Defending History, 15 July 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/defending-history-responds-to-vilnius-architects-three-visualizations-for-convention-center-in-the-jewish-cemetery/82384

“Joseph Levinson’s 1990s Map of Lithuanian Mass Murder Sites is Released by Family” in Defending History, 11 July 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/joseph-levinsons-1990s-map-of-lithuanian-mass-murder-sites-is-released-by-family/82278

“Latest Judicial Abuse of an East European Country’s Redefinition of “Genocide” to Obfuscate the Holocaust” in Defending History, 10 July 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/latest-judicial-abuse-of-an-east-european-countrys-redefinition-of-genocide-to-obfuscate-the-holocaust/82261

“In Response to the Media” in Defending History, 9 July 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/in-reponse-to-the-media-9-july-2016/82236

“Asra Kadisha on Vilna Cemetery: From Proud Powerhouse of Historic Truth to Silent Mouse?” in Defending History, 15 June 2016.  http://defendinghistory.com/asra-kadisha-on-vilna-cemetery-from-proud-pillar-of-historic-truth-to-silent-mouse/81819

“Ruta Bloshtein Discovers 1935 Vilna Rabbis’ Condemnation of Plans to Desecrate Old Jewish Cemetery at Piramónt” in Defending History, 9 June 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/ruta-bloshtein-discovers-1935-vilna-council-of-rabbis-document-condemning-plans-to-build-on-the-old-jewish-cemetery-at-piramont-in-snipiskes/81657

San Francisco Examiner Bamboozled?” in Defending History, 3 June 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/san-francisco-examiner-bamboozled/81565

“On the Age of Lithuanian Yiddish”, Responsum no. 2 in Yiddish Linguistics series, 8 June 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/responsa-in-yiddish-linguistics-by-dovid-katz#beyz

“When the EU Finances Far-Right Holocaust Revisionism” in Global International Analytics (GIA), 24 May 2016. https://gianalytics.org/992-when-the-eu-finances-far-right-holocaust-revisionism

“If Not Higher Still” [new Russian translation by Julia Rets of the short story Oyb nisht nokh klíger in Misnágdishe Máyses (1996)] in Мы здесь,  10-16 May 2016. http://newswe.com/index.php?go=Pages&in=view&id=8846

“The Battle for the Memory of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe” in Novaya Gazeta (Baltics), 4 May 2016. http://novayagazeta.ee/articles/5859/

“West is West, East is East: The Specific East European Incarnation of Antisemitism” in Flashpoint (ISGAP), 8 April 2016.  http://isgap.org/flashpoint/west-is-west-east-is-east-the-specific-east-european-incarnation-of-antisemitism/

“What’s Behind the West’s Wall of Silence on East European Glorification of Nazi Collaboration?” in Global Independent Analytics (GIA), 29 March 2016. https://gianalytics.org/629-what-s-behind-the-west-s-wall-of-silence-on-eastern-europe-s-glorification-of-nazi-collaboration.  French translation: http://arretsurinfo.ch/quy-a-t-il-derriere-le-mur-de-silence-occidental-sur-la-glorification-de-la-collaboration-nazie-en-leurope-de-lest/https://www.les-crises.fr/quy-a-t-il-derriere-le-mur-de-silence-occidental-sur-la-glorification-de-la-collaboration-nazie-en-leurope-de-lest-par-dovid-katz/.

“Lithuania: Where the Government Agrees (In Part) with Neo-Nazi Marchers’ in Global International Analytics (GIA), 8 March 2016.  https://gianalytics.org/475-lithuania-where-the-government-agrees-in-part-with-neo-nazi-marchers

“Vilnius Prosecutor Skirts Key Question: Will the List of Alleged Holocaust Perpetrators be Made Public?’ in Defending History, 3 March 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/vilnius-prosecutor-skirts-key-question-will-the-list-of-alleged-holocaust-perpetrators-be-made-public/80081

“Israel’s Foreign Ministry Faces a Lithuanian Dilemma” in Defending History, 26 January 2016.  http://defendinghistory.com/israels-foreign-ministry-faces-a-lithuanian-dilemma/79892

“Images from the February 16th 2016 Neo-Nazi March in Kaunas” in Defending History, 16 February 2016.  http://defendinghistory.com/images-from-the-february-16th-2016-neo-nazi-march-in-kaunas-lithuania/79731

Massive new Vilnius Construction Site Borders City’s Old Jewish Cemetery Site” in Defending History, 14 February 2016.  http://defendinghistory.com/massive-new-vilnius-construction-site-borders-citys-old-jewish-cemetery-site/79690

Sugihara abused? Red-Brown Commission Ropes in Japanese Embassy for 11 Feb. Event” in Defending History, 4 February 2016.  http://defendinghistory.com/sugihara-abused-red-brown-commission-ropes-in-japanese-embassy-for-11-feb-event/79442 

“An Open Letter to Holocaust Scholars and Educators in the Francophone World” in Defending History, 18 January 2016. http://defendinghistory.com/an-open-letter-to-holocaust-scholars-and-educators-in-the-francophone-world/79189

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2015

Yiddish and Power. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke and New York 2015. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/yiddish-and-power-dovid-katz/?k=9780230517608&loc=uk

I Kings in Lithuanian Yiddish: Vilnius 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/74250-2II Kings in Lithuanian Yiddish: Vilnius 2016 in progress. http://defendinghistory.com/ii-kings-in-lithuanian-yiddish

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“Ber Horowitz’s Six 1929 Portraits of Vilna Yiddish Intellectuals” [in Yiddish] in Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna (63), 27 December 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/mini-museum-of-old-jewish-vilna-63

“Is Lithuania’s President Distancing Herself from Prime Minister’s “Religious Zeal” for the “Convention Center in the Old Jewish Cemetery”? in Defending History, 23 December 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/is-lithuanias-president-distancing-herself-from-prime-ministers-religious-zeal-for-the-convention-center-in-the-old-jewish-cemetery-in-vilnius/78556

“Lithuania’s Liveliest Cemetery” in The Times of Israel, 13 December 2015. http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/lithuanias-liveliest-cemetery/

“A 1930 Petition in Yiddish and Polish Opposing the League of Nations’ Calendar Reform Plan” [in Yiddish] in Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna (62), 13 December 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/mini-museum-of-old-jewish-vilna-62

“Hanukkah in Vilnius” in Lithuania Tribune, 8 December 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Hanukkah-in-Vilnius-EN.pdf.   http://en.delfi.lt/lithuania/society/hanukkah-in-vilnius.d?id=69789450

“A Lead Seal of Kashruth, in Yiddish and Polish, from Vilna’s Yatkever gas” [in Yiddish] in Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna (61), 22 November 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/mini-museum-of-old-jewish-vilna-61

“A 1916 Vilna German Postcard Featuring Four Local Languages: Belarusian, Lithuanian, Polish and Yiddish” [in Yiddish] in Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna (60), 16 November 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/mini-museum-of-old-jewish-vilna-60

“Question in the UK Parliament on the Old Jewish Cemetery in Vilnius” in Defending History, 12 November 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/question-in-the-uk-parliament-on-the-old-jewish-cemetery-in-vilnius/77989

“Vilnius Mayor Plays with Fire: Yiddish, Pilfered Jewish Gravestones, and an Olympics of ‘Barbarism'” in Defending History, 11 November 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/vilnius-mayor-plays-with-fire-yiddish-pilfered-jewish-gravestones-and-an-olympics-of-barbarism/77957

“As Rothschild Conference Winds Up in Vilnius, Kaunas Religious Jewish Community Issues Statement of Defiance” in Defending History, 29 October 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/date/2015/10

“Rothschild (of London) Finances ‘Closed’ Conference (in Vilnius) on Jewish Cemeteries (That May be Cover for Most Painful Desecration Yet of Vilna’s Old Jewish Cemetery)” in Defending History, 14 October 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/rothschild-london-finance-closed-conference-in-vilnius-on-jewish-cemeteries-duped-by-government-and-property-developers-interests/77615

“Run-Up to a Vilnius Rothschild Foundation (London) Conference” in Defending History, 12 October 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/run-up-to-a-vilnius-rothschild-foundation-london-conference/77824

“Impressions of the 11 October 2015 Memorial Program in Svintsyán (Švenčionys)” in Defending History, 11 October 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/impresssions-of-the-11-october-2015-memorial-program-in-svintsyan-svencionys/77546

“First Moral Victory in the EU, in Effort to Prevent Unprecedented Desecration of Old Vilna Jewish Cemetery” in Defending History, 9 October 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/office-of-eu-president-juncker-denies-european-funding-will-be-available-for-vilnius-convention-center-in-the-cemetery/77457

“Purveyor of Racist, Misogynist, Antisemitic, Homophobic, Nazist ‘Art’ is Alleged to Work in Lithuania’s Economy Ministry” in Defending History, 9 October 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/purveyor-of-racist-misogynist-antisemitic-homophobic-nazist-art-is-alleged-to-work-in-lithuanias-economy-ministry/77499

“Police Prevent Kaunas Jewish Guide Chaim Bargman from Attending Annual Memorial for the Annihilated Jews of Ukmergė (Vilkomir)” in Defending History, 4 October 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/police-prevent-kaunas-jewish-guide-chaim-bargman-from-attending-annual-memorial-for-the-annihilated-jews-of-ukmerge-vilkomir/77338

“Another ‘Conference on Antisemitism’ in Lithuania” in Defending History, 1 October 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/another-conference-on-antisemitism-in-lithuania/77290

“Suspicions Rise on Role of ‘U.S. Commission for Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad’ in Plans to Build a $25,000,000 Convention Center in Heart of Vilnius’s Old Jewish Cemetery” in Defending History, 27 September 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/suspicions-rise-on-role-of-u-s-commission-for-preservation-of-americas-heritage-abroad-in-plans-to-build-a-25000000-convention-center-in-heart-of-vilniuss-old-jewish-cemetery/77112

“Vilnius Names Street for Beloved Lithuanian Rescuer Ona Šimaitė” in Defending History, 25 September 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/vilnius-names-street-for-beloved-lithuanian-rescuer-ona-simaite/77166

“Ponár (Paneriai) Commemoration on Lithuania’s Annual Holocaust Day is Dejudaicized Even More in ‘Nationalist Takeover of Litvak Heritage’: No Rabbi, No Cantor, No Kaddish” in Defending History, 22 September 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/ponar-paneriai-memorial-no-rabbi-no-cantor-no-kaddish/77600

“Ninetieth Anniversary Yivo Conference in Vilnius is Major Success” in Defending History, 20 September 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/90th-anniversary-yivo-conference-in-vilnius-is-a-major-success/77091

“Israel Faced Some Delicate Post-Holocaust Issues During Lithuanian PM’s September Visit” in Defending History, 15 September 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/israel-faced-some-delicate-post-holocaust-issues-during-lithuanian-pms-september-visit/78009

“New Jewish Monument in Rokiškis (Rákeshik), Lithuania, Commemorates Three Synagogues” in Defending History, 8 September 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/new-jewish-monument-in-rokiskis-rakeshik-lithuania-commemorates-3-synagogues/76902

“Lithuanian Post Office Honors Sugihara and Zwartendijk on 75th Anniversary of ‘Visas for Life'” in Defending History, 4 September 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/76832/76832

“U.S. Rep of London Rabbis Involved with Vilnius Cemetery Fiasco Boasts of Photo-ops at the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad” in Defending History, 26 August 2015.  http://defendinghistory.com/ally-of-london-rabbis-involved-with-vilnius-cemetery-fiasco-boasts-of-photo-ops-at-the-us-commission-for-the-preservation-of-americas-heritage-abroad/76591

“London ‘Graveyard Rabbis’ Issue Statement that Fails to Mention Cemetery Convention Center (CCC)’ in Defending History, 23 August 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/london-graveyard-rabbis-issue-statement-that-fails-to-mention-convention-center/7653

“Motke Chabad Weighs In on Vilnius Debate over an Old Jewish Cemetery” [Yiddish and English] in Defending History, 21 August 2015.  http://defendinghistory.com/motke-chabad-weighs-in-on-vilnius-cemetery-debate/76415

“A Tale of Two Tweets” in Defending History, 7 August 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/tale-of-two-tweets/76053

“Double Genocide Discourse Now Standard for the New York Times?” in Defending History, 23 July 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/double-genocide-discourse-now-standard-for-the-new-york-times/75642

“Open Letter to Members of CPJCE in the UK: Do You Really Want a Convention Center in the Heart of Vilna’s Old Jewish Cemetery?” in Defending History, 21 July 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/open-letter-to-members-of-cpjce-in-the-uk-do-you-really-want-a-convention-center-in-the-heart-of-vilnas-old-jewish-cemetery/75500

“Chronology of the 2015 Vilna Jewish Cemetery Debate” [updated to latest date listed]. http://defendinghistory.com/2015-dispute-on-vilnius-reconstruction-of-sports-arena-on-site-of-old-vilna-jewish-cemetery

“Media Tracker on Holocaust Obfuscation, Double Genocide and East European Antisemitism” [updated to latest date listed]. http://defendinghistory.com/media

“Were Rabbis, U.S. Jewish Leaders, a U.S. Gov. Agency and the EU Manipulated into Supporting a $25,000,000 Convention Center on Vilna’s Old Jewish Cemetery?” in Defending History, 14 June 2015 [with updates as listed]. http://defendinghistory.com/are-rabbis-u-s-jewish-leaders-a-u-s-gov-agency-and-the-eu-manipulated-into-supporting-plans-for-25000000-convention-center-on-vilnas-old-jewish-cemetery-site/74456

“SLS’s 2015 Sutzkever Prize: Yiddish Poetry Serving Right-Wing East European Politics” in Defending History, 21 May 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/slss-2015-sutzkever-prize-yiddish-poetry-serving-right-wing-east-european-politics/74033

“From Holocaust Envy to Holocaust Theft” in The Times of Israel, 11 May 2015. http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/from-holocaust-envy-to-holocaust-theft/

“Double Genocide in Action? Victims and Perpetrators Interchangeable” in Defending History, 23 April 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/red-brown-commission-boss-speaks-out-on-brantsovsky-investigation-and-his-understanding-of-the-holocaust/71178

“Politics, Policy, and Lithuanian Holocaust Discourse” at the International Conference on Holocaust Education at Vilnius City Hall on 17 April 2015. Text version: http://defendinghistory.com/dovid-katzs-lecture-at-vilnius-conference-on-17-april-2015/73111.  In Lithuanian translation (18 May 2015): http://defendinghistory.com/lithuanian-translation-of-dovid-katzs-april-17-2015-vilnius-conference-lecture/73862

“Twelve Issues in the Preservation of Lithuania’s Material Jewish Heritage (2015)” in Defending History, 1 May 2015.  http://defendinghistory.com/urgent-jewish-material-heritage-issues-in-lithuania-2015/73482

“A priváter shtempl fun Yítskhok [ben?] Eliézer” in Yiddish Virtual Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna, 57, 26 March 2015.  http://defendinghistory.com/mini-museum-of-old-jewish-vilna-57

“A  séyferl shàyles-utshúves af tsvey masekhtóes, gedrúkt in Venedik (Venétsye) 1605-1606 mitn amólikn shtempl fun vílner biblyoték fun Matisyóhu Strashún” in Yiddish Virtual Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna, 56, 22 March 2015.  http://defendinghistory.com/mini-museum-of-old-jewish-vilna-56

“A glézerne telerl (oder tetsl) mit mogn-dóvids un tshikáve tséykhenishn” in Yiddish Virtual Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna, 53, 8 March 2015.  http://defendinghistory.com/mini-museum-of-old-jewish-vilna-53

“Kháyim-Nákhmen Shapíro’s Kóvner bukh af lítvish fun 1935 vegn der téme: Vílne in der poézye vos af hebréyish un yídish” in Yiddish Virtual Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna, 52, 6 March 2015.  http://defendinghistory.com/mini-museum-of-old-jewish-vilna-52

“A hebréyishe rekláme far der ‘Gimnásya Ivrit Zaválni num. 4’ in der tsiyenístisher ‘Yídisher tsáytung’ un Vílne funem 8tn óygust 1919” in Yiddish Virtual Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna, 50, 22 February 2015.  http://defendinghistory.com/keepsakes-of-old-jewish-vilna-50

“A reshíme fun zibn-un-tsvántsik kloyzn (bótey-midróshim) in Vílne (in Zálmen Réyzen’s Vílner ‘Tog’ fun dráysikstn detsémber 1921” in Yiddish Virtual Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna, 47, 8 February 2015.  http://defendinghistory.com/keepsakes-of-old-jewish-vilna-47

“Kaunas Police Informs defending History on Status of February 16th Neo-Nazi March” in Defending History, 3 February 2015.  http://defendinghistory.com/kaunas-police-informs-defending-history-on-status-of-february-16th-neo-nazi-march/71152

“Three Holocaust Remembrance Day Events in Vilnius” in Defending History, 26 January 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/three-holocaust-remembrance-day-events-in-vilnius-on-26-january-2015/70892

“Di matóne fun Rívke bas Shmúel in Takság (1832-1833)” in Yiddish Virtual Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna, 45, 22 January 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/keepsakes-of-old-jewish-vilna-45

“A Vílner paródye af Móyshe Kúlbaks bavúst lid Shterndl” in Yiddish Virtual Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna, 44, 16 January 2015. http://defendinghistory.com/keepsakes-of-old-jewish-vilna-44

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2014

“Two ‘C-words’ for Holocaust Museums: Center of Town, and — Collaboration” in Defending History, 24 December 2014. http://defendinghistory.com/real-challenge-architects-bernotaite-pucka-ropolas-vaitiekunas/70423

“Just about Yiddish? The Real Story Behind This Week’s Yivo Banquet in New York” in Algemeiner. com,16 December 2014. In print edition of 19 December 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Dovid-Katz-on-Yivo-banquet-19-Dec-2014.pdf;   http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/12/16/just-about-yiddish-the-real-story-behind-this-week%E2%80%99s-yivo-banquet-in-new-york/

“A shtikl yídisher drúk-blay af dray yídishe shprakhn, mit dray shriftn” in Yiddish Virtual Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna, 42, 7 December 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/keepsakes-jewish-vilna-42

“Ukraine Bonanza for Upgraded Holocaust Denial” in The Times of Israel, 28 November 2014. http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/ukraine-bonanza-for-upgraded-holocaust-denial/

“Peter Jukes Exposes ‘Documentary’ that Glorifies Nazi Collaborators” in Defending History, 28 November 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/peter-jukess-tweet-exposes-documentary-glorifies-nazi-collaborators/69815

“Text of US Rep. John Conyers’ Proposed Amendment Restricting Aid to Pro-Nazi Forces in Ukraine” in Defending History, 23 November 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/text-rep-john-conyers-proposed-amendment-stopping-aid-pro-nazi-forces-ukraine/69739

“Meilach Stalevich (1923 — 2014)” in Defending History, 11 November 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/meilach-stalevich-1923-2014/69456

“Defending History Brings Results: Yivo to Honor Arad (at Fundraising Banquet)” in Defending History, 10 November 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/defending-history-brings-results-yivo-honor-arad-at-fundraising-banquet/69445

“Latvian Musical that Sanitizes Holocaust Perpetrator Starts its Grand Tour” in Defending History, 31 October 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/latvian-musical-glorifies-holocaust-mass-murderer-openson-october-11th/69177

“Would They Try to Instrumentalize Simon Wiesenthal, Too? An Open Letter to Inna Rogatchi” in Defending History, 26 October 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/open-letter-inna-rogatchi/69272

“Riva Shpiz’s Memories of 23 June 1941 in Dugalíshik (Daugeliškis), taped Yiddish interview, 12 October 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watchv=vdZsmK4muBg&feature=youtu.be

Die Prager Deklaration” in Jüdische Rundschau, 8 October 2014.  http://juedischerundschau.de/die-prager-deklaration/

“Annual Memorial for the Jews of Svintsyán (Švenčionys): Small but Well Done’ by Dovid Katz, in Defending History, 5 October 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/annual-memorial-svintsyan-svencionys-small/69090.  Reprinted in The Lithuania Tribune – Delfi English at:  http://en.delfi.lt/lithuania/society/annual-memorial-for-the-jews-of-svintsyan-svencionys-small-but-well-done.d?id=66061010

“Poland is not Ukraine” in Jewish Review of Books, Fall 2014.  http://jewishreviewofbooks.com/articles/1186/poland-is-not-ukraine-a-response-to-konstanty-geberts-the-ukrainian-question/

“Seven Prophet Amos Awards for Human Rights Courage in Lithuania” in Defending History, 24 September 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/defending-history-award-prophet-amos-awards-human-rights-lithuania-5774-2014-2015/68862

“Usable Memory of Holocaust Victims: NY Yivo Announces Campaign for Five and a Quarter Million Dollars for New ‘Vilna Project’” in Defending History, 23 September 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/usable-memory-holocaust-victims-n-y-yivo-announces-request-quarter-million-dollars-vilna-project/68974

“Tsemakh Shabad’s 150th birthday celebrated in style at the Lithuanian parliament” in Defending History, 21 September 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/tsemakh-shabads-150th-birthday-celebrated-style-lithuanian-parliament/68865

“75 Jahre nach dem 1. September 1939: Antisemitismus in Osteuropa” in Jüdische Rundschau, 9 September 2014.  http://juedischerundschau.de/75-jahre-nach-dem-1-september-1939-antisemitismus-osteuropa/

“The Hushed-Up Hitler Factor in Ukraine” in Consortium News, 16 August 2014.  http://consortiumnews.com/2014/08/16/the-hushed-up-hitler-factor-in-ukraine/

“Osten ist Osten und Westen ist Westen” in Jüdische Rundschau, 7 August 2014.  http://juedischerundschau.de/osten-ist-osten-und-westen-ist-westen/ [excerpt only]

“Yankl-Yosl Bunk – Jakovas Bunka (1923 – 2014)” in Defending History, 4 August 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/yankl-yosl-bunk-jakovas-bunka-1923-2014/68121

“Rabbi Abraham. N. Zuroff (1922 – 2014)” in Defending History, 4 August 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/rabbi-dr-abraham-n-zuroff-1922-2014/68125

“The Neocons and Holocaust Revisionism in Eastern Europe”, Part I in Jewish Currents, 22 July 2014.  http://jewishcurrents.org/neocons-holocaust-revisionism-eastern-europe-30613.  Part II in Jewish Currents, 26 July 2014.  http://jewishcurrents.org/neocons-holocaust-revisionism-eastern-europe-continued-30677

“Is ‘Sugar Herbert Sugar’ the Latvian Version of ‘Springtime for Hitler’?” in Defending History, 17 July 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/sugar-herbert-sugar-latvian-version-springtime-hitler/67785http://defendinghistory.com/sugar-herbert-sugar-latvian-version-springtime-hitler/67785

“Tsu der zórglozer dekonstrúktsye fun Maks Váynraykhn (un shoyn váyter kunkl-múnkl afn ópgeshavkhtn gebít fun yídish”) [English title provided: “Freewheeling Deconstruction of Max Weinreich. Sensationalization of the Fragile Field of Yiddish”] in Defending History, 22 June 2014 (+ addendum of 23 June 2014) [in reply to articles by Cherie Woodworth and Batya Ungar-Sargon in Tablet magazine].  http://defendinghistory.com/freewheeling-deconstruction-max-weinreich-ongoing-machinations-weakened-field-yiddish

“Getting it Wrong on Ukraine” in The Times of Israel, 10 June 2014. http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-tarnished-hukraine/

“Reply to a Roger Cohen Opinion Piece on Ukraine and Lithuania” in Defending History, 6 May 2014. http://defendinghistory.com/reply-roger-cohen-opinion-piece-ukraine-lithuania/65919

“[Review of Mink & Neumayer (eds), History, Memory and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe: Memory Games] in East European Jewish Affairs, 44.1 (April 2014): 111-114.  http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Proof-of-Review-of-Minkes-and-Neumayer-Dovid-Katz-2014.pdf

“Is Vilnius Police Criminal Division Harassing Veteran Holocaust Researcher?” in Defending History, 31 March 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/vilnius-polices-criminal-division-harassing-veteran-holocaust-researcher/65215

“For Seventh Year Running, Neo-Nazis and Ultranationalists Given Center of Vilnius on Independence Day” in Defending History, 11 March 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/seventh-year-running-neo-nazis-ultranationalists-center-vilnius-independence-day/64617

“New Joseph Levinson Website has Page on Old Jewish Cemeteries in Lithuania” in Defending History, 2 February 2014.  http://defendinghistory.com/new-joseph-levinson-website-has-page-on-old-jewish-cemeteries-in-lithuania/63235

“Yiddish Virtual Mini-Museum of Old Jewish Vilna” (web only).  http://defendinghistory.com/keepsakes-of-old-jewish-vilna-index

“Knaanic in the Medieval and Modern Scholarly Imagination” in O. Bláha, R. Dittmann and L. Uličná (eds), Knaanic Language: Structure and Historical Background, Academia: Prague 2014 [in press].  http://www.dovidkatz.net/ToyShop/Proof%20only%20of%20Dovid%20Katz,%20KNAANIC%20IN%20THE%20MEDIEVAL%20&%20MODERN%20SCHOLARLY%20IMAGINATION%20(29%20Aug%202013).pdf

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2013

“Reconstructing the Sound Pattern of Nineteenth Century Ashkenazic Hebrew Poetry in Vilna” [in Yiddish] in Keepsakes of Old Jewish Vilna, no. 22, 2013.  http://defendinghistory.com/keepsakes-of-old-jewish-vilna-22

“Lithuania’s Holocaust Debate” (letter to the editor), International New York Times, 20 November 2013.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/opinion/germany-france-and-trade.html

“Genocide Center Releases a New Graywash on the Vilna Ghetto” (review of A. Bubnys, Vilnius Ghetto 1941 – 1943, Vilnius 2013) in Defending History, 19 November 2013. http://defendinghistory.com/genocide-center-releases-a-new-graywash-on-the-vilna-ghetto/60925

“Three Baltic Governments Sponsor “Round Table” at London U on 5 November: Will Nazi Collaborators be Glorified? in Defending History, 23 October 2013.  http://defendinghistory.com/will-ucl-the-school-of-slavonic-studies-include-the-darker-side-of-the-story/60001

“Mendel Beilis and the New East European Antisemitism: a 21st Century Incarnation of ‘Treacherous Jew Syndrome” (power point presentation at Mendel Beilis centenary conference in Kiev, Ukraine, 15 October 2013).  http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/PDF-of-Dovid-Katzs-Kiev-Oct-15-2013-PP.pdf

“Where Nazi Collaborators and Criminals are Honoured by EU and NATO States” in Hope not Hate, July-August 2013: 40-41.  http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Dovid-Katz-in-Hope-Not-Hate-July-August-2013.pdf

“Who’s Afraid of Defending History Dot Com?” in Defending History, 8 August 2013.  http://defendinghistory.com/fear-of-defending-history-dotcom/57482

“Mystery of the Eight-Pointed Western Litvak (Zámeter) Symbol on Jewish Gravestones” in Defending History, 7 August 2013.  http://defendinghistory.com/mystery-of-the-eight-pointed-western-litvak-zameter-star-of-david-on-jewish-gravestones/57393

“Open Letter to Evaldas Gustas, new Minister for the Economy in Lithuania” in Defending History, 2 August 2013. http://defendinghistory.com/an-open-letter-to-the-new-economy-minister-of-lithuania-evaldas-gustas/54582

“EHU Center for German Studies’ ‘Colloquium Vilnense 2013’ is Short on ‘The Second Opinion’ when it comes to the Holocaust” in Defending History, 19 July 2013.  http://defendinghistory.com/ehus-center-for-german-studies-colloquium-vilnense-2013-is-short-of-the-second-opinion-on-holocaust-memory/56444

“Would a ‘Jewish Museum’ in Vilnius Graywash the Lithuanian Holocaust?” in Defending History, 7 July 2013.  http://defendinghistory.com/would-a-jewish-museum-in-vilnius-graywash-the-lithuanian-holocaust/55902

[review of M. J. Chodakiewicz, Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas] in Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 7.2 [Spring 2013]: 169-175.  http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Dovid-Katz-review-of-Intermarium-in-Israel-Journal-of-Foreign-Affairs-7-2-2013.pdf

“State-Sponsored Collective Memory Revisionism: A 21st Century Incarnation of Holocaust Denial?” PDF presentation at the Second International Conference on Holocaust Museums and Memorial Places in Post-Communist Countries (Riga, Latvia).  http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Riga-final-27-May-2013.pdf

“The Fate of a Vilna Jewish Cemetery” in The Times of Israel, 22 May 2013 [Reprinted with commentary in Jewish Heritage Europe].  http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-fate-of-a-vilna-jewish-cemetery/

“Upside-Down World? Neo-Nazi March Assisted by Police on Central Boulevard, while Authorities try to Banish Baltic Pride Across the River” in Defending History, 28 March 2013.  http://defendinghistory.com/upside-down-world-neo-nazi-march-assisted-by-police-on-central-boulevard-while-authorities-try-to-banish-baltic-pride-to-shnipishok-snipiskes-across-the-river/51529

“Background Reading on the Shift in US Foreign Policy on Holocaust Denial from c. 2009” in Defending History, 1 March 2013.  http://defendinghistory.com/background-reading-on-the-shift-in-us-foreign-policy-on-holocaust-denial-from-c-2010/48135

“Purim in Lithuania? A Season for State-Approved Neo-Nazi City-Center Marches” in Algemeiner.com, 25 February 2013.  http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/02/25/purim-in-lithuania-a-season-for-state-approved-neo-nazi-city-center-marches/

“Tolerance Education? State-Sponsored Commission Uses its Website to Call Holocaust Survivor a “Liar” and to Demand ‘Apology from Jewish Community’” in Defending History, 21 February 2013.  http://defendinghistory.com/red-brown-commission-launches-new-campaign-against-holocaust-survivors-calls-vilna-ghetto-survivor-prof-pinchos-fridberg-a-liar/49791

“Hundreds of Neo-Nazis March Through the Center of Kaunas on Independence Day” in Defending History, 16 February 2013.  http://defendinghistory.com/hundreds-of-neo-nazis-march-through-the-center-of-kaunas-on-independence-day/49619

“US Researcher Christine Beresniova is Persuaded that the Problem in Lithuania is called ‘Zuroff and Katz’” in Defending History, 27 January 2013.  http://defendinghistory.com/another-american-researcher-turns-to-apologetics-for-holocaust-obfuscation-in-lithuania/48917

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2012

The City in the Moonlight. Stories of the Old-time Lithuanian Jews. By Dovid Katz. Translated by Barnett Zumoff. Ktav Publishing: Jersey City 2012, 138 pp.  More details here.

Ostjűdische Geschichten aus dem alten Litauen. Von Dovid Katz. Übersetzung von Melitta Depner. Salon Literaturverlag: Munich 2012, 329 pp. More details here.

Litvish: An Atlas of Northeastern Yiddish. A Work in Progress.  http://www.dovidkatz.net/WebAtlas/AtlasSamples.htm

The Language of Litvak Gravestones: A Cultural Dictionary. A Work in Progress.  http://defendinghistory.com/the-language-of-litvak-gravestones-a-dictionary-by-dovid-katz

“Wird Deutschland jetzt der selbsternannte Vorkämpfer der Holocaust-Verschleierung?” in Clemens Heni and Thomas Weidauer (eds.), Ein Super-GAUck. Politische Kultur im neuen Deutschland, Edition Critic: Berlin 2012, pp.101-105.

Review of Adam Michnik, In Search of Lost Meaning: The New Eastern Europe, in East European Jewish Affairs, 42.2, pp. 187-191.  http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Review-of-Michnik-Dovid-Katz-in-EEJA.pdf

“You Cannot Praise Fascists and be Pro Human Rights” in the London Jewish News, 13 December 2012. Reprint in The Algemeiner.  http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Dovid-Katz-op-ed-in-London-Jewish-News-13-Dec-2012.pdf

“Prank Email that Tries to Derail Litvak Community is Exposed: But is Chanukah Supposed to be April Fools?” in Defending History, 11 December 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/?p=47040

“An Open Letter to Ed Hirsch” in Defending History, 6 December 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/an-open-letter-to-ed-hirsch/46693

Translator [from Hebrew] and editor, Yitzhak Arad, “The Holocaust in Lithuania, and its Obfuscation, in Lithuanian Sources” in Defending History, 1 December 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/yitzhak-arad-on-the-holocaust-in-lithuania-and-its-obfuscation-in-lithuanian-sources/46252

“Efraim Zuroff, History’s Lonely Defender” in The Times of Israel, 15 November 2012.  http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/efraim-zuroff-historys-lonely-sentinel/

“Kristallnacht Becomes PR Hook for Double Genociders at Berlin Events of the ‘Prague Process Platform’” in Defending History, 9 November 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/kristallnacht-becomes-pr-hook-for-double-genociders-at-berlin-events-of-the-prague-process-platform/45421

“Jewish Center in Ukraine Apparently Duped into Honoring a Nazi Collaborationist Organization” in Defending History, 1 November 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/jewish-center-in-ukraine-apparently-duped-into-honoring-a-nazi-collaborationist-organization/44886

“Canadian Prime Minister Praises Holocaust-Distorting Museum in Ukraine” in Defending History, 22 October 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/canadian-prime-minister-praises-holocaust-distorting-museum-in-ukraine/44332

“Tel Aviv’s Leivick House Releases 2009 Video of Ambassador Chen Ivri Apter” in Defending History, 21 October 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/tel-avivs-leivick-house-releases-2009-video-of-ambassador-chen-ivri-apter/44176

“Lithuanian President’s Decree on ‘Red-Brown Commission’ is Re-issued with ‘New Sentence’” in Defending History, 17 October 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/presidential-decree-on-red-brown-commission-is-changed-by-one-line-praised-by-us-embassy-in-newest-bad-to-cover-main-goals/44101

“Israel Chronicle” [of Lithuanian-related Holocaust issues] in DefendingHistory.com, 7 October 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/israel-debates/43340

“Samples of the Work of a Holocaust-Twisting, Antisemitic, Homophobic Envelope Maker” in DefendingHistory.com, 6 October 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/samples-of-the-work-of-anabic-envelope-designer/43253

“Yad Vashem Sinking Deeper in Lithuanian ‘Commission’ Morass with Political Campaign for Compensation from Russia” in DefendingHistory.com, 26 September 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/yad-vashem-sinking-deeper-in-lithuanian-red-brown-commission-morass-with-political-campaign-for-compensation-from-russia/42302

“Holocaust Commemoration Vilnius Style, with an Israeli Twist: Menachem Begin and the Jail House Rock” in DefendingHistory.com, 24 September 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/41954/41954

“June 2009 Correspondence with Yad Vashem” in DefendingHistory.com, 3 September 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/june-2009-correspondence-with-yad-vashem/40734

“Yad Vashem Shocks Holocaust Survivors by Rejoining Lithuanian Government’s ‘Red-Brown Commission’” in DefendingHistory.com, 28 August 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/president-of-lithuania-takes-nation-deeper-into-red-brown-morass/40407

“Executive Director of ‘Red-Brown Commission’ Doubts Lithuanian Jews were Killed ‘on a racial basis’ before Arrival of German Forces in 1941” in DefendingHistory.com, 16 August 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/executive-director-of-red-brown-commission-questions-whether-lithuanian-jews-were-killed-on-a-racial-basis-before-arrival-of-german-forces/39766

“Shoah Denial is being Replaced by an Illusive and Delusive Evil” in London Jewish News, 3 August 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Dovid-Katz-in-London-Jewish-News-3-August2012.pdf

Yiddish translation of the Seventy Years Declaration in DefendingHistory.com [posted 3 August 2012].  http://defendinghistory.com/the-seventy-years-declaration-yiddish-text; http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/SYD-in-Yiddish-PDF-from-webpage-on-4-Aug-2012.pdf

“Lithuanian Foreign Minister Includes ‘Historical Memory Policy’ (= Double Genocide) among Nation’s Prime Goals” in DefendingHistory.com, 2 August 2012. Republished in Operation Last Chance.  http://defendinghistory.com/lithuanian-foreign-minister-includes-historical-memory-policy-double-genocide-among-nations-prime-goals/39153;  http://www.operationlastchance.org/LITHUANIA_35-152.htm

“Pursuing Perpetrators, Preserving History, and Educating the Next Generation: A Review of Efraim Zuroff’s Operation Last Chance” in Prism (Yeshiva University), vol. 4 (Spring 2012), pp. 136-138.

“Respectable Memoir, Some Shrewd Manipulation by an East European Government ― or Both?” [review of Ellen Cassedy’s We are Here] in the Algemeiner Journal, 18 July 2012.  http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/07/18/respectable-memoir-some-shrewd-manipulation-by-an-east-european-government-%E2%80%95-or-both/

“Lithuanian Foreign Ministry Planning to (Ab)use EU Presidency to Push Red-Brown Politics” in DefendingHistory.com, 17 July 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/lithuanian-foreign-ministry-planning-to-abuse-eu-presidency-to-push-red-brown-politics/38227

“Landsbergis. Then and Now.” in DefendingHistory.com, 16 July 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/landsbergis-then-and-now/38144

“Trilingual Memorial Plaque Unveiled on Zhager Town Square” in DefendingHistory.com, 13 July 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/trilingual-memorial-plaque-unveiled-on-zhagers-town-square/37963

“Reply to the Economist on Lithuania’s Recent Reburial of the 194 Nazi Puppet “Prime Minister” in DefendingHistory.com, 15 June 2012. Also posted in Comments to the Economist online article by E[dward] L[ucas]. http://defendinghistory.com/reply-to-the-economist-on-lithuanias-recent-reburial-of-the-1941-nazi-puppet-prime-minister/37091; https://www.economist.com/user/4407709/comments

“Congratulating Algimantas Kasparavičius who Gets it Right: Trying to Manage History is a Big-Time Loser for Mature Foreign Policy” in DefendingHistory.com, 30 May 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/congratulating-kasparavicius-manipulating-history-is-a-big-time-loser-for-mature-foreign-policy/36579

“VMU in Kaunas Sinking Further into Ambrazevičius-Brazaitis Morass, as Historians Join Glorifiers for Yet Another Event” in DefendingHistory.com, 23 May 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/vmu-sinking-further-into-ambrazevicius-morass-as-historians-join-glorifiers-yet-another-event/36133

“An Open Letter to Yale History Professor Timothy Snyder” in Algemeiner Journal, 21 May 2012 [in print edition: 25 May, pp. 2, 4,5].  http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/05/21/an-open-letter-to-yale-history-professor-timothy-snyder/

“Lithuanian Newspaper Accuses Kaunas Rector of Misleading Parliament about Whether He Knew in Advance of VMU’s Planned Conference To Honor Wartime Nazi Puppet Prime Minister” in DefendingHistory.com, 21 May 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/lietuvos-zinios-reporter-says-vmu-rector-lied-to-parliament-when-he-claimed-he-was-not-informed-of-abmrazevicius-braziaits-conference/35848

“Tim Snyder, in Vilnius, Comments Publicly on the Reburial and Glorification of 1941 Nazi Puppet Prime Minister” in DefendingHistory.com, 19 May 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/tim-snyder-in-vilnius-comments-publicly-on-the-reburial-and-glorification-of-nazi-puppet-prime-minister/35783

“Lithuania’s Prime Minister and Culture Minister Personally Signed off on €8,700 (US $11,000) Expenditure to Honor Wartime Fascist Leader” in DefendingHistory.com, 18 May 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/lithuanias-prime-minister-and-culture-minister-personally-signed-off-on-8700-euro-expenditure-to-honor-wartime-fascist-leader/35620

“Want to Honor the Head of the 1941 Nazi Puppet Government? Website Claims Seimas Will Provide Free Transportation” in DefendingHistory.com, 17 May 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/want-to-honor-the-head-of-the-1941-nazi-puppet-government-website-claims-seimas-will-provide-free-transportation/35459

“Parliament’s Public Relations Department Posts Revised Schedule of Events to Honor Nazi Collaborator ‘Prime Minister’ Juozas Ambrazevičius (Brazaitis)” in DefendingHistory.com, 16 May 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/parliaments-public-relations-department-posts-revised-schedule-of-events-to-honor-nazi-collaborator-prime-ministerjuozas-ambrazevicius-brazaitis/35351

“BNS Report Follows Dramatic Donskis Statement; Says Event does not have VMU ‘Sanction’” in DefendingHistory.com, 15 May 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/bns-report-follows-dramatic-donskis-statement-says-event-does-not-have-vmu-sanction/35303

“MEP Donskis Condemns Events to Honor Holocaust Collaborator Ambrazevičius” in DefendingHistory.com, 15 May 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/mep-donskis-issues-statement/35224

“Archbishop Adds his Blessing to the Nazi Collaborator being Reburied with Full Honors” in DefendingHistory.com, 11 May 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/archbishop-adds-his-blessing-to-the-nazi-collaborator-being-reburied-with-full-honors/35204

“Day of Shame (May 19th) Can Still be Averted at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas” in DefendingHistory.com, 11 May 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/will-the-19th-of-may-2012-by-a-day-of-shame-for-vytautas-magnus-university-vytauto-didziojo-universitetas-in-kaunas/34912

“‘Prime Minister’ of Lithuania’s 1941 Nazi Puppet Government to be Glorified, Re-interred and Subject of a Commemorative Conference at Vytautas Magnus University” in DefendingHistory.com, 3 May 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/prime-minister-of-lithuanias-1941-nazi-puppet-government-to-be-glorified-reinterred-and-subject-of-new-politico-academic-conference-at-vytautas-magnus-university/34514

“‘Moderate Litvak’ Status is Conferred by his Highness, the Norwegian Property Magnate cum Editor-in-Chief of Vilnius” in DefendingHistory.com, 1 May 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/moderate-litvak-status-is-conferred-by-his-highness-the-norwegian-property-magnate-cum-editor-in-chief-of-vilnius/34416

“Rabinowitz-Dorf PR Campaign for Lithuanian Embassy and ‘Fake Litvaks’ Backfires Bigtime” in DefendingHistory.com, 30 April 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/rabinowitzdorf-communications-campaign-for-lithuanian-embassy-is-backfiring/34207

“Neo-Nazi Youth Organization is Admitted into National “Lithuanian Council of Youth Organizations” (a recipient of European Union “Structural Funds”) in DefendingHistory.com, 30 April 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/neo-nazi-youth-organization-is-admitted-into-national-lithuanian-council-of-youth-organizations/34364

“Baltic ‘Double Genocide’ Discourse Slips into Naive American Jewish Articles on Lithuania” in DefendingHistory.com, 24 April 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/baltic-double-genocide-discourse-slips-into-naive-american-jewish-articles-on-lithuania/34064

“Lithuanian Government Calls for ‘ Bigger Investments from Litvaks’ as South Africa’s Glasenberg is Targeted’ in DefendingHistory.com, 20 April 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/lithuanian-government-calls-for-bigger-investments-from-litvaks/33929

“Jesus in Yiddish” (Last Words column) in Jewish Renaissance (London), 7, 3 April 2012, p. 52. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=376762629021622&set=a.101262873238267.2821.100000636637491&type=1&theater

“Lithuania’s Embassy in Washington Recruiting ‘Useful Academics’ for Discredited ‘Red-Brown’ Commission” in DefendingHistory.com, 24 March 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/lithuanias-embassy-in-washington-recruiting-for-discredited-red-brown-commission/32949

“1500 Honor the Waffen SS at Riga’s Liberty Monument; Event is Praised by Latvia’s President, Condemned by Council of Europe’s Commission on Racism” in DefendingHistory.com, 16 March 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/1500-honor-the-waffen-ss-at-rigas-liberty-monumuent-event-is-praised-by-latvias-president-condemned-by-the-european-commission/32654

European Commission website: “Martin Schulz, EP President, meeting with Dovid Katz ― Handing over the [70 Years] Declaration on the Final Solution of the Wannsee Conference”, 14 March 2012.  http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/services/showShotlist.do?filmRef=82876&out=HTML&lg=en&src=1

“Over 1000 neo-Nazis Fill Main Vilnius Boulevard on Lithuanian Independence Day” in DefendinHistory.com, 11 March 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/over-1000-neo-nazis-fill-main-vilnius-boulevard-on-lithuanian-independence-day/32439

“March 11th: A Grand Opportunity for the Lithuanian Human Rights Community ― and the People of Vilnius” in DefendingHistory.com, 4 March 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/march-11th-a-grand-opportunity-for-the-lithuanian-human-rights-community/31908

“Zingeris Statement on Planned Match 11th neo-Nazi march fails to mention ― the neo-Nazi March” in DefendingHistory.com, 28 February 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/zingeris-issues-statement-on-planned-march-11th-neo-nazi-march-that-fails-to-mention-the-neo-nazi-march/31766

“Council of Europe’s Commission Against Racism and Intolerance Condemns Latvia’s Waffen SS Parades and Celebration of Hitler’s 1941 Invasion” in DefendingHistory.com, 21 February 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/european-commission-condemns-latvias-waffen-ss-parades/31490

“300 Neo-Nazis March through the Center of Kaunas on Lithuanian Independence Day; They are Addressed by Members of Parliament” in DefendingHistory.com, 16 February 2011.  http://defendinghistory.com/european-commission-condemns-latvias-waffen-ss-parades/31490.

“Holocaust Survivors to Demonstrate outside Tel Aviv “Sellout Gala” Slated for March 5th” in DefendingHistory.com, 14 February 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/holocaust-survivors-and-litvak-jewry-betrayed-again-as-lithuania-foreign-minister-slated-to-be-guest-of-honor-at-tel-aviv-gala/30933

“The Hidden Monument of Vilnius” in DefendingHistory.com, 12 February 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/the-hidden-monument-of-vilnius/30677

“The Seventy Years Declaration and the Simple Truth” in Algemeiner Journal, 3 February 2012. http://www.algemeiner.com/2012/02/03/the-seventy-years-declaration-and-the-simple-truth/

“A Fight over History’s Tragic Truth” in the Jewish Chronicle, 2 [3] February 2012. http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/analysis/62984/a-fight-over-historys-tragic-truth; PDF at: http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Jewish-Chronicle-3-February-2012-2-items.pdf

“The Seventy Years Declaration” [coauthored with Danny Ben-Moshe] in DefendingHistory.com, 20 January 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/70-years-declaration/29230; media coverage at: http://defendinghistory.com/media-coverage-of-the-seventy-years-declaration-2012.

“Free Speech Reaffirmed by Vilnius Judge in Algirdas Paleckis Case” in DefendingHistory.com, 18 January 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/free-speech-reaffirmed-by-vilnius-judge-in-algirdas-paleckis-case/29100

“Mainstream Daily ‘Lietuvos rytas’: A New High-End Home for Antisemitism in Lithuania?” in DefendingHistory.com, 16 January 2012.  http://defendinghistory.com/letuvos-rytas-rapidly-pulled-an-antisemitic-article-and-days-later-published-a-holocaust-deniers-work-on-hitlers-main-kampf/28935

“A Reconstructed Shtetl ― Minus its Jewish Component” in DefendingHistory.com, 2 January 2012. http://defendinghistory.com/a-reconstructed-shtetl-minus-its-jewish-component/27800

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2011

“The Atlas of Northeastern Yiddish: On the Status of Maps in Linguistic Research” by Giedrė Beconytė and Dovid Katz in Geodesy and Cartography, 37(3), 2011: 119-124. http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Beconyte-Katz-2011.pdf

“Detonation of the Holocaust in 1941: A Tale of Two Books” [review of Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands and Alexander PrusinThe Lands Between] by Dovid Katz in Journal of East European Jewish Affairs, vol. 41, no. 3, December 2011, pp. 207-221.  http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Dovid-Katzs-review-of-Bloodlands-in-EEJA-Dec-2011.pdf

“Popular Daily has Full Front-Page Spread on ‘The Jews’” in DefendingHistory.com, 22 December 2011.http://defendinghistory.com/popular-daily-has-full-front-page-spread-on-the-jews/27340

“Lithuanian Ministry of Defense Honors ‘Lithuanian Activist Front’ (LAF) Nazi Collaborators” in DefendingHistory.com, 19 December 2011. http://defendinghistory.com/lithuanian-ministry-of-defense-honors-lithuanian-activist-front-laf-nazi-collaborators-no-mention-of-participation-in-onset-of-the-lithuanian-holocaust/27114

“Mainstream Lithuanian News Portal, Delfi.lt, Again Publishes Antisemitic ‘Ethnographic History’” in DefendingHistory.com, 19 December 2011.  http://defendinghistory.com/27139/27139

“‘Double Genocide’ Permeates Local Antisemitic Discourse in Report on Efraim Zuroff’s Operation Last Chance II in Berlin” in DefendingHistory.com, 16 December 2011.  http://defendinghistory.com/double-genocide-permeates-local-antisemitic-discourse-in-report-on-efraim-zuroffs-operation-last-chance-ii-in-berlin/27390

“Old Stones Speak to Young Pupils: Jewish Gravestones in a Vilnius School Yard. Photos by Richard Schofield” in DefendingHistory.com, 12 December 2011.  http://defendinghistory.com/when-old-stones-speak-to-middle-school-pupils-jewish-gravestones-in-a-vilnius-school-yard/26651

“Manipulation?” [Letter to the Editor] in the Jerusalem Post, 28 November 2011. http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Dovid-Katz-letter-in-Jerusalem-Post-28-Nov-2011.pdf

“Hannah Rosenthal does it again” in the Algemeiner Journal, 25 November 2011.  http://www.algemeiner.com/2011/11/25/hannah-rosenthal-does-it-again

“Open debate, open society, and secret societies” on DefendingHistory.com, 9 November 2011. http://defendinghistory.com/open-debate-open-society-and-secret-societies/25240

“UNESCO vote reveals Lithuanian duplicity” in the Jerusalem Post, 3 November 2011. http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Dovid-Katzs-oped-in-the-Jerusalem-Post-3-November-2011.pdf

“Understanding ‘Double Genocide’: a lethal new threat to Holocaust memory and honesty” in Centre News [Jewish Holocaust Centre, Melbourne, Australia], October 2011 [date on print edition: September 2011]. http://defendinghistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Dovid-Katz-in-JHC.pdf

“Seven solutions for rapid and constructive transformation of Lithuanian-Jewish relations” on DefendingHistory.com, October 2011. http://defendinghistory.com/7-solutions

“Hungarian National Day Celebration in Vilnius Celebrates Lithuanian ‘Forest Brother’; Two Local Fascists Invited” on DefendingHistory.com, 24 October 2011.  http://defendinghistory.com/hungarian-national-day-celebration-in-vilnius-celebrates-lithuanian-forest-brothers/25081

“Head of History Institute, speaking at ‘Bloodlands’ event at the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, excoriates Holocaust survivors who joined the anti-Nazi partisans” on DefendingHistory.com, 30 September 2011. http://defendinghistory.com/vilnius-historians-at-book-launch-for-lithuanian-edition-of-bloodlands-attack-holocaust-survivors-who-joined-the-resistance-try-to-equalize-nazi-and-soviet-collaboration/24072

“Lithuanian foreign minister inserts red-brown discourse into Austrian extradition case” on DefendingHistory.com, 28 September 2011. http://defendinghistory.com/lithuanian-foreign-minister-inserts-red-brown-discourse-into-austrian-extradition-case/23861

“Lithuanian foreign ministry’s two versions: for a Jewish audience (not for publication) and for ‘General’ (proudly on website” on DefendingHistory.com, 28 September 2011. http://defendinghistory.com/new-confusion-over-lithuanian-foreign-ministry-versions-for-jews-and-general/23912

“Lithuanian foreign ministry gloats, as Yivo’s position continues to confuse” on DefendingHistory.com, 23 September 2011. http://defendinghistory.com/confusion-over-yivos-decision-on-surrendering-vilnius-treasures-shortly-to-a-government-yivo-room/23242

“Yad Vashem withdraws invitation to Lithuanian minister over campaign against Joe Melamed; British parliamentarians move an ‘early day motion’; Melamed speaks eloquently at Yad Vashem, blasts efforts to glorify Holocaust perpetrators as ‘heroes’” on DefendingHistory.com, 22 September 2011. http://defendinghistory.com/yad-vashem-withdraws-invitation-to-lithuanian-minister-over-campaign-against-joe-melamed-british-parliamentarians-move-an-early-day-motion/23380

“Yivo director sends new circular to staff, refining Lithuanian government talking points; claims support of Veidlinger and Zipperstein for (inaccurate) public statement” on DefendingHistory.com, 13 September 2011.  http://defendinghistory.com/director-of-yivo-sends-new-circular-to-staff-citing-support-of-veidlinger-and-zipperstein/22170

“Director of Yivo sends circular to staff, taking on the role of Manhattan office of Lithuanian government’s PR department; calls Holocaust survivors ‘helpless’ and ‘ageing’” on DefendingHistory.com, 9 September 2011.  http://defendinghistory.com/director-of-yivo-circulates-document-to-entire-staff-taking-on-the-role-of-pr-department-for-the-lithuanian-government/22157

“Holocaust survivors from Lithuania protest Yivo’s decision to honor the foreign minister of Lithuania at Vilna Ghetto Commemoration” on DefendingHistory.com, 6 September 2011.  http://defendinghistory.com/holocaust-survivors-from-lithuania-protest-yivos-decision-to-honor-the-foreign-minister-of-lithuania-at-vilna-ghetto-commemoration/21555

“Lithuanian authorities initiated prosecution against another Holocaust survivor” on DefendingHistory.com, 30 August 2011.  http://defendinghistory.com/lithuanian-authorities-initiate-prosecution-against-another-holocaust-survivor/21693

“Et tu, Yivo? Holocaust survivors jolted by plan for Lithuanian foreign minister to be ‘guest of honor’ at Vilna Ghetto commemoration” on DefendingHistory.com, 28 August 2011.  http://defendinghistory.com/et-tu-yivo-2011-holocaust-survivor-community-is-jolted-by-yivo-plan-to-honor-the-lithuanian-foreign-minister-on-22-september/21195

“A scholar’s apt warning on ultranationalist abuse of history and historians” on DefendingHistory.com, 28 August 2011.  http://defendinghistory.com/a-scholar%e2%80%99s-apt-warning-on-ultranationalist-abuse-of-history-and-historians/21262

“Mainstream Sajudis organization joins call for increased commemoration of local 1941 Holocaust perpetrators” on DefendingHistory.com, 27 August 2011.  http://defendinghistory.com/mainstream-sajudis-organization-joins-call-for-increased-glorification-of-local-1941-holocaust-perpetrators/21373

“Far right organization, led by Genocide Center’s ‘specialist’, publishes a list of enemies including advisor to the Lithuanian Jewish community” on DefendingHistory.com, 29 July 2011.  http://defendinghistory.com/far-right-organization-led-by-genocide-centers-specialist-publishes-a-list-of-enemies-including-advisor-to-the-lithuanian-jewish-community/20706

 “A Speech Never Spoken at Plungyán (Plungė)” on DefendingHistory.com, 20 July 2011. http://defendinghistory.com/a-speech-never-spoken/19705

“The Denial that is Part of Holocaust Obfuscation: Second Day of the Lithuanian Parliament’s Conference” on DefendingHistory.com, 30 June 2011. http://holocaustinthebaltics.com/the-denial-that-is-part-of-holocaust-obfuscation-second-day-of-the-lithuanian-parliament%E2%80%99s-conference/18494

“In Delirium of Obfuscation: First Day of the Lithuanian Parliament’s Conference on the 70th Anniversary of Hitler’s Attack on the USSR” on DefendingHistory.com, 29 June 2011. http://holocaustinthebaltics.com/first-day-of-lithuanian-parliament-conference-is-a-delirium-of-obfuscation/18423

“Three Years Later: Neither Charged nor Cleared” on DefendingHistory.com, 5 May 2011. http://defendinghistory.com/?p=416

“This Year’s Yom Hashoah is Different” in Winnipeg Jewish Review. http://www.winnipegjewishreview.com/article_detail.cfm?id=1098&sec=1&title=EDITOR%27S_PICK%3A_THIS_YEAR%27S_YOM_HASHOAH_IS_DIFFERENT

Amy Shannon Liedy’s summary of Dovid Katz’s Kennan Institute (Woodrow Wilson Center) lecture in Washington DC, posted 25 April 2011.  http://wilsoncenter.org/index.cfmtopic_id=1424&fuseaction=topics.event_summary&event_id=650799

“Freedom of Speech is Not ‘Pick and Choose’: On The Paleckis Trial in Vilnius” on DefendingHistory.com, 14 April 2011. http://holocaustinthebaltics.com/on-the-paleckis-trial-in-vilnius/14504

“Has the Forward Association abandoned Elementary Ethics?” on DefendingHistory.com, 3 April 2011. http://holocaustinthebaltics.com/has-the-forward-association-abandoned-elementary-ethics/14342

“Right of Reply: Condemnation of Communism Does Not Require Submission to Double Genocide, Holocaust Obfuscation, or the Recent Deterioration in Civil Society and Free Speech in Lithuania” in Lithuanian Foreign Policy Review, 7 March 2011. http://www.lfpr.lt/uploads/File/2010-24/Katz.doc;  http://holocaustinthebaltics.com/13705/13705

“Lithuanian Jews, Holocaust Survivors, Specialists who Disagree with Lithuanian Government ― Shut Out of London Conference” on DefendingHistory.com, 1 February 2011. http://holocaustinthebaltics.com/lithuanian-foreign-ministry-gives-for-london-colloquium-on-the-holocaust/8538

“When a ‘Human Rights Association’ Accepts and Repeats the Antisemitic Canards in Town” on DefendingHistory.com, 3 January 2011. http://holocaustinthebaltics.com/reply-to-lhra-report/8860

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2010

“Why is the U.S. Silent on ‘Double Genocide’? While European countries have condemned the New Holocaust Revisionism in the Baltics, America shows no moral leadership” in the Guardian, 21 December 2010. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/dec/21/double-genocide-baltic-us-europe

“An Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Lithuania on the eve of his Visit to Israel” on Alfa.lt, 15 December 2010. http://www.alfa.lt/straipsnis/10430134/?Open.letter.to.PM.on.eve.of.visit.to.Israel=2010-12-15_13-04

“Conference Call. The Lithuanian Sponsors of a Holocaust Education Program have a Dark History of their own” in Tablet Magazine, 3 December 2010. http://www.tabletmag.com/news-and-politics/52058/conference-call/

“The Real Friend is the One who tells you when Something is Wrong” on Alfa.lt, 17 November 2010. http://www.alfa.lt/straipsnis/10423927/?Opinion..The.Real.Friend.is.the.one.who.tells.you.when.something.is.wrong.=2010-11-17_12-02

Review of David G. Roskies, Yiddishlands: A Memoir in East European Jewish Affairs (EEJA) vol. 40, no. 3. http://holocaustinthebaltics.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/2010-Dec-DovidKatzReviewofRoskiesYiddishlands.pdf

[Reply to Barry Rubin] in the Letters to the Editor section of the Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, IV:3, 2010, pp 189-193. http://holocaustinthebaltics.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/2010IsraelJournalofForeignAffairsDovidKatz.pdf

“Why Red is Not Brown in the Baltics. Unhappily, Timothy Snyder’s historical reassessment of the Nazi-Soviet pact coincides with Baltic ultranationalist agendas” in The Guardian [Comment is Free, Cif America], 30 September 2010.  http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/sep/30/baltic-nazi-soviet-snyder

קאַפּיטעלעך אידיש 10: „גוים וואָס פאַרנעמען זיך מיט אידיש“: צי האָבן זיי וועלכע ניט איז ברייטערע התחייבותן לגבי אידישע פראַגן? אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 22טן סעפּטעמבער 2010, זז. זז. 1, 3, 6.

[“Chapters in Yiddish 10: Gentiles who become immersed in Yiddish: Do they have a moral responsibility regarding Jewish issues?” in Algemeyner Zhurnal, 22 September 2010, pp. 3, 6.] http://holocaustinthebaltics.com/wp content/uploads/2010/10/2010Sept22KapitalakhYidish10.pdf

“Letter to the Editor” in The Baltic Times, 29 September 2010. http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/27076/  PDF of the 30 Sept print version: http://holocaustinthebaltics.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/2010Sept30BalticTimesDKLetterPrint.pdf

“Time to Free Europe of this Poison” on Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism Foundation, 1 September 2010.  http://www.antisemitism.org.uk/time-to-free-europe-of-this-poison

Lithuanian Jewish Culture, Baltos Lankos: Vilnius 2010, 400 pp. folio. Second revised and updated edition. In cooperation with Central European University. To order: http://www.eksportas-importas.lt/en/mess/9.More details: http://www.dovidkatz.net/i_2ljc.htm

“Human rights — and Holocaust Obfuscation ― in the Baltic states (Response to Clifford J. Levy’s NY Times report)”, 16 August 2010, on HITB. http://holocaustinthebaltics.com/response-to-clifford-j-levy/2329

“Talking of Love in Yiddish” in Jewish Renaissance (London, vol. 9.4, p. 56). http://www.dovidkatz.net/dovid/PDFLinguistics/2010_Love_%20in_Yiddish.pdf

קאַפּיטעלעך אידיש 9: (א) וועגן אי⸗מייל כנגד „בליצפּאָסט“; מאָבילנער טעלעפאָן כנגד „צעלקע“; לעפּטאָפּ כנגד „שויס⸗קאָמפּיוטער“ א.א.; (ב) דער אַנדערשדיקער גורל פון דער אידישער און דער העברעאישער ליטעראַטור בנוגע איבערזעצונגען אין אַנדערע שפּראַכן די לעצטע יאָרן; (ג) וועגן „מרת“. אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 11טן יוני 2010, ז. 3.

[“Chapters in Yiddish 9: (a) On internationalisms vs. neologisms for the vocabulary of modern technology; (b) The differing fate of Yiddish and modern Hebrew literature in international translations in recent decades; (c) Moras as feminine of Reb” in Algemeyner Zhurnal, 11 June 2010, p. 3]  http://www.holocaustinthebaltics.com/2010June11Kapitalakh9.pdf;  http://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=

“Contra Prague ’08: Declaration on Unequal and Unequatable Phenomena. A draft text for open discussion” on Holocaust in the Baltics.  http://www.holocaustinthebaltics.com/440634.html

אַ שדים⸗טאַנץ מיט סוואַסטיקאַס אין דער היינטיקער ליטע. אַ געריכט גיט איר אורטייל, אַז סוואַסטיקאַס זיינען „די היסטאָרישע ירושה פון ליטע און ניט קיין סימבאָלן פון נאַצישן דייטשלאַנד“. אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 28טן מאַי 2010, זז. 1, 3.

[“A devil’s dance of swastikas: the decision of a Lithuanian court that swastikas are ‘the historical heritage of Lithuania and not symbols of Nazi Germany’” in Algemeyner Zhurnal, 28 May 2010, pp. 1, 3]  http://www.holocaustinthebaltics.com/2010May28AlgemeynerZhurnalDKonSwastikas.pdf;  http://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=6528

“It is time for Cameron to Reject the EU Nutters” in the Jewish Chronicle (London), 27 May 2010. http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/comment/32181/it-time-cameron-reject-eu-nutters

“The Crime of Surviving” in Tablet Magazine, 3 May 2010. http://www.tabletmag.com/news-and-politics/32432/the-crime-of-surviving/print/

קאַפּיטעלעך אידיש 8: (א) וועגן דעם „ליטווישן עי אין קיעווער געגנט“; (ב) סטליסטיק פון „איטלעכער“ און „יעטווידער“; (ג) סעמאַנטיק פון „געדאַנקען“, „מחשבות“, „רעיונות“ און „אידייען“; (ד) די שרייבונג פון „ניו יאָרק“ און „נואַרק“ אין כתובות און גיטין. אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 23טן אַפּריל 2010, ז. 3.

[“Chapters in Yiddish 8: (a) On the ‘Lithuanian ey’ in the Kiev region; (b) Stylistics of ítlekher and yétvider; (c) semantics of gedánken, makhshóves, rayóynes and idéyen; (d) the spellings of ‘New York’ vs ‘Newark’ in contemporary marriage contracts and divorce writs” in Algemeyner Zhurnal, 23 April 2010, p. 3]; http://www.holocaustinthebaltics.com/2010April23Kapitalakh8.pdfhttp://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=6405

Text restoration and typography of the text for section 1 of Moyshe Kulbak’s poem Vilne. In: Vilnius: Portrait of A City. Anthology of Photographs and Text, R. Paknys Publishing House: Vilnius 2010, p. 25.

צוויי מאַרשן אין אַ נאַצישן גייסט: אין צענטער פון ווילנע, און אין צענטער פון ריגע. ביידע זיינען לעגאַל סאַנקציאָנירט געוואָרן דורך דער לאָקאַלער מאַכט; ביידע ווערן אינגאַנצן איגנאָרירט דורך דער מערבדיקע וועלט. אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 26טן מערץ 2010, זז. 1, 3.

[“Two marches in a Nazi spirit: in the city centers of Vilnius and Riga. Both sanctioned by the local authorities, and wholly ignored by the West” in Algemeyner Zhurnal, 26 March 2010, pp. 1, 3]; http://www.holocaustinthebaltics.com/2010March26DKinAJ.pdfhttp://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=6355

“Jewish Community Shaken by Neo-Nazi March in Downtown Vilnius on Independence Day” in Algemeiner Journal [English section], 19 March 2010, p. 6.

קאַפּיטעלעך אידיש 7: (א) דער גענויער באַדייט פון ‘יסודותדיק’ אין וועלטלעכן און אין ישיבהשן אידיש; (ב) די מאָדע דרוקן אידיש מיטן פולן העברעאישן ניקוד; (ג) דער אידישער געשטאַלט פונעם נאָמען ‘אַסיאַ’. אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 19טן מערץ 2010, ז. 3.

[“Chapters in Yiddish 7: (a) Semantic nuances of yesóydesdik in secular and haredi Yiddish; (b) the printing of Yiddish with full Hebrew vocalization; (c) Yiddish rendition of the name Asya” in Algemeyner Zhurnal, 19 March 2010, p. 3] http://www.holocaustinthebaltics.com/2010March19Kapitalakh7.pdf;  http://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=6334

קאַפּיטעלעך אידיש 6: פּרטים פון לשון. פראַגעס פון אַ 27 יאָריקן חסיד; די גלגולים פון די צען זין פון המן הרשע אין אידישן פאָלקלאָר. אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 5טן מערץ 2010, ז. 3.

[“Chapters in Yiddish 6: (a) Questions of Yiddish stylistics from a 27 year old khosid; (b) the remaking of the ten sons of Haman in Yiddish folklore” in Algemeyner Zhurnal, 5 March 2010, p. 3]; http://www.holocaustinthebaltics.com/2010March5KapitalakhVI.pdfhttp://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=6291

קאַפּיטעלעך אידיש 5: דער סוד פונעם אידישן טאַטו אין תל אביב און זיין ברייטערע באַדייטונג; פאַרוואָס אידישע פרויען⸗נעמען שטאַמען אָפּ אַ סך מאָל פון אַ ניט⸗לשון⸗קודשדיקן מקור. אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 26טן פעברואַר 2010, ז. 3.

[“Chapters in Yiddish 5: (a) The secret of the Yiddish tattoo in Tel Aviv, and the wider cultural implications; (b) Why female forenames in Yiddish are more likely to be non-Semitic in origin” in Algemeyner Zhurnal, 26 February 2010, p. 3].  http://www.holocaustinthebaltics.com/2010Feb26KapitalakhV.pdf;  http://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=6272

קאַפּיטעלעך אידיש 4: שבתים און שבתות, און (להבדיל), שטותים און שטויות; דער „אידישער טאַטו“ אין תל אביב. אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 12טן פעברואַר 2010, ז. 3.

[“Chapters in Yiddish 4: (a) shabosim and shaboses, and (in the same breath) shtusim and shtuyot; (b) The new Yiddish Tattoo in Tel Aviv” in Algemeyner Zhurnal, 12 February 2010, p. 3]; http://www.holocaustinthebaltics.com/2010Feb12KapitalakhIV.pdfhttp://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=6231

קאַפּיטעלעך אידיש 3: היתכן, „די גאַס“ און… „אויפן גאַס“?; נייע ווערטער קענען אויך האָבן אַן אמתן אידישן חן; „שמענדריק“ און „שמערל“; ווי אַזוי ווינטשט מען אַנדערע צו „זייער“ נייעם יאָר? אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 22טן יאַנואַר 2010, ז. 3.

[“Chapters in Yiddish 3: (a) How could it be? di gas but afn gas? (b) New Words can sometimes acquire the authentic Yiddish spirit; (c) On shmendrik and Shmerl; (d) How to greet neighbors on their new year?” in Algemeyner Zhurnal, 22 January 2010, p. 3] http://www.holocaustinthebaltics.com/2010Jan22KapitalakhIII.pdf;  http://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=6163

“Halting Holocaust Obfuscation. The Baltic Ultranationalists Rewriting East European History as an Equal Nazi-Soviet ‘Double Genocide’ must be Stopped” in the Guardian, 8 January 2010. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jan/08/holocaust-baltic-lithuania-latvia

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2009

[Editor and publisher], Menke Katz, Land of Manna, Fairy Glen Press: Capelulo 2009, ii + 96 pp.

קאַפּיטעלעך אידיש 2: פון וואַנעט שטאַמט ‘משומד’?; בעסער אידיש אָן נקודות איידער ‘לאַטייניזירט’ מיט זיבן חנען. אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 11טן דעצעמבער 2009, ז. 6.

[“Chapters in Yiddish 2: (a) Where does the word meshúmǝd come from? (b) Better Yiddish in Yiddish letters (even without the dots) than the fanciest transcription” in Algemeyner Zhurnal, 11 December 2009, p. 6] http://www.holocaustinthebaltics.com/2009Dec11KapitalakhII.pdf;  http://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=6034

קאַפּיטעלעך אידיש 1: מערב אידיש און מזרח אידיש; ‘אַ גוטן טאָג’. אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 27טן נאָוועמבער 2009, ז. 6.

[“Chapters in Yiddish 1: (a) Dating the Earliest Observations on Western vs. Eastern Yiddish; (b) A gutn tog in Yiddish” in Algemeyner Zhurnal, 27 November 2009, p. 6]. http://www.holocaustinthebaltics.com/2009Nov27KapitalakhI.pdfhttp://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=5973

“Don’t let the Holocaust be written out of History” in the Washington Jewish Week, 30 December 2009. http://washingtonjewishweek.com/print.asp?ArticleID=12036&SectionID=31&SubSectionID=49

Dovid Katz & Clemens Heni, “The Prague Declaration is Europe’s New Antisemitic Poison” in Algemeiner Journal, 4 December 2009, p 10. Revised version on WPK, 26 November 2009.  http://clemensheni.wordpress.com/2009/11/26/the-%E2%80%9Cprague-declaration%E2%80%9D-is-europe%E2%80%99s-new-antisemitic-poison/; http://www.holocaustinthebaltics.com/2009Dec4KatzAndHeniOnPragueDecl.pdf

“Tories must Reject ‘Double Genocide’ proponents. Alliance with those who would Downgrade the Holocaust is a Grave Mistake” in The Jewish Chronicle, 27 November 2009 [online version: 30 November 2009].  http://www.thejc.com/comment/comment/22477/tories-must-reject-double-genocide-proponents

“Cameron must end Tories’ Far-Right Fling” in The Irish Times, 31 October 2009. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2009/1031/1224257766699.html

“Yiddish, Without the Inhibitions” [review of Michael Wex, Yiddish Language and Culture in all its Moods] in The Jewish Chronicle, 9 October 2009. Online version 8 October at: http://www.thejc.com/arts/book-reviews/20760/born-kvetch-yiddish-language-and-culture-all-its-moods

“On Three Definitions. Genocide; Holocaust Denial; Holocaust Obfuscation” in Leonidas Donskis (ed), A Litmus Test Case of Modernity. Examining Modern Sensibilities and the Public Domain in the Baltic States at the Turn of the Century [= Interdisciplinary Studies on Central and Eastern Europe 5] Peter Lang: Bern et al 2009, pp. 259-277. http://www.holocaustinthebaltics.com/2009SeptDovidKatz3Definitions.pdf

Seven Kingdoms of the Litvaks, International Cultural Program Center in cooperation with the Vilnius Yiddish Institute, Vilnius 2009, 61.  http://www.dovidkatz.net/dovid/Lithuania/7_KingdomsLitvaks.pdf

“The Sounds of Silence of Jewish Lithuania” [preface] in Isaac Zibuts et al (eds), Sounds of Silence. Traces of Jewish Life in Lithuania, R. Paknio leidykla: Vilnius 2009, pp. 14-17 [also: consultant to the project]. Parallel Lithuanian edition (Tylos gausmas žydų gyvenimo pėdsakai Lietuvoje) with preface (pp. 14-17) translated by Tomas Venclova. http://www.dovidkatz.net/dovid/Lithuania/2009_SOUNDS_OF_SILENCE.pdfhttp://www.dovidkatz.net/dovid/Lithuania/2009_SOUNDS_OF_SILENCE_translation.pdf

Founding editor of The Holocaust in the Baltics (website).  www.HolocaustInTheBaltics.com

The entry “Elijah ben Solomon Zalman” in Supplement to the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet and Eurasian History, vol. 9, Academic International Press: Gulf Breeze, Florida 2009.  http://www.dovidkatz.net/dovid/Lithuania/2009_Gaon-of-Vilna.pdf

“‘Genocide Industry’ has Hidden Agenda” in The Irish Times, 30 May 2009, p. 15.  http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2009/0530/1224247744866.html?via=mr

“Prague’s Declaration of Disgrace” in The Jewish Chronicle, 22 May 2009, p. 31. http://www.thejc.com/comment/comment/prague%E2%80%99s-declaration-disgrace

“Shalóm, Shólem, Shólem-aléykhem…” in Jewish Renaissance, 8.2: 56 (January 2009).

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2008

Windows to a Lost Jewish Past: Vilna Book Stamps. Versus Aureus: Vilnius 2008, 100 pp.

“Jewish Cultural Correlates of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania” in Alfredas Bumblauskas, Šarūnas Liekis, Grigorijus Potašenko (eds), Lietuvos Didžiosios Kunigaikštijos tradicija ir paveldo “dalybos”, Vilniaus universiteto leidykla: Vilnius 2008, pp 169-204. http://www.dovidkatz.net/dovid/Lithuania/2008_JewishCulturalCorrelates.pdf

The entries “Ber Borokhov”, “Mordkhe Veynger”, “Yiddish”, in the YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, Yale University Press: New Haven & London 2008, pp 218-219; 1967-1968; 979-987.

“Yiddish as a Diaspora Language and its Future” in M. Avrum Ehrlich (ed), Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture, ABC-CLIO. Volume I: Themes and Phenomena, pp 193-197.

Draft maps from work in progress on Litvish: An Atlas of Northeastern Yiddish at: http://www.dovidkatz.net/WebAtlas/AtlasSamples.htm

Questionnaire for Litvish: An Atlas of Northeastern Yiddish at: http://www.dovidkatz.net/WebAtlas/atl_quest.htm

“One Bagel, Two Bagel, Three Bagel” in Jewish Renaissance, 7.2: 56 (January 2008).

„ניו⸗יאָרקער אידישער קינסטלער און פּאָעט יאָני פיין, וועלכער איז 95 יאָר אַלט, גיט אַרויס אַ נייעם באַנד פּאָעזיע“ אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 27טן פעב. 2008: 10-9.

[At 95, New York artist and poet Yoni Fain publishes a new book of Yiddish poetry]

„הונדערט יאָר טשערנאָוויץ“ אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 26טן סעפּט. 2008: 10-9.

[100th anniversary of the Chernowitz Yiddish Language Conference]

„רחל מרגלית, 86, קען ניט קומען אין איר היימשטאָט ווילנע, ווייל זי האָט געקעמפט קעגן די נאַציס“ אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 15טן אויגוסט 2008: 10-9.

[Rokhl Margolis, 86, cannot return to her hometown, Vilnius, because she was an anti-Nazi partisan]

„אַ נייע פּראַכט⸗אויסגאַבע אויף אידיש: דוב⸗בער קערלערס ירושלימער אַלמאַנאַך“ אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 8טן אויגוסט 2008: 9, 11.

[An exquisite new book in Yiddish: Dov-Ber Kerler’s Yerusholaymer almanakh]

„צום ערשטן יאָרצייט פונעם ‘אפּיקורסישן רב’ — שערווין וויין עʺה“ אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 1טן אויגוסט 2008: 10-9.

[On the first yortsayt of the “atheist rabbi” — in memory of Sherwin Wine]

„צי וועט עס די וועלט ווייטער פאַרשווייגן? די נייע, ‘קליגערע’ און געפערלעכע פאָרם פון חורבן⸗לייקענונג ווערט ערנסט באַטראַכט דורכן — אייראָפּעאישן פּאַרלאַמענט!“ אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 25טן יולי 2008: 10-9.

[Will the international community remain silent? The new ‘cleverer’ and dangerous form of Holocaust Denial gets consideration by the European Parliament!]

„דער גולם פון גלובאָק“ אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 16טן מאַי 2008: 10-9.

[The Golem of Glubok]

„דער דיבוק אין דרויע“ אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 28טן מערץ 2008: 8.

[The Dybbuk of Druya] http://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=4846

„איינשטיין פון סוויר“ אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 22טן פעברואַר 2008: 9.

[Einstein of Svir] http://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=4685

„אַ רייזע אין לאַטוויע“ אין „אַלגעמיינעם זשורנאַל“, 4טן יאַנואַר 2008: 9; 18טן יאַנואַר 2008: 9.

[A journey to Latvia] http://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=4458;  http://www.algemeiner.com/generic.asp?id=4523

„ווערטער וועגן ווערטער [1: ‘קאַטאָוועס’; 2: ‘וועגן אידיש און יידיש: אַ קאַפּיטל אידישע סימבאָלאָגיע’]“ אין „ירושלימער אַלמאַנאַך“ 28 (2008): 402 -417.

[Words on words. 1: katóvǝs; 2: On yidish and idish: a chapter of Yiddish symbology]

„צוויי דערציילונגען: דער משומד פון קלושאַן; השגחה פּרטית“ אין „ירושלימער אַלמאַנאַך“ 28 (2008): 184-166.

[Two short stories: “The Convert of Klushan” & “Divine Providence”]

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