From 1999 to 2011, Milan Chersonski, now a senior staff writer at Defending History, was editor-in-chief of Jerusalem of Lithuania, the newspaper of the Jewish Community of Lithuania that appeared from November 1989 to early 2011 in four separate editions in four languages — English, Lithuanian, Russian and Yiddish.
The issues of the newspaper are an invaluable repository of life and times in one of Eastern Europe’s small but remarkably vibrant and courageous post-Soviet Jewish communities. The paper reflected a diversity of materials (and opinions!) and was known for spotting new young talent in the community; recording people’s accomplishments; keeping vibrant the storied history of Vilna and Litvak Jewry; crediting Lithuanian intellectuals who speak out courageously; and bravely doing battle with historic revisionism and falsification, antisemitism, and glorification of fascism, however high and powerful the opponent.
The following samples from the English edition have been uploaded in cooperation with Milan Chersonski, who was previously (1979-1999) director of the Yiddish Folk Theater of Lithuania (recent video tribute). In Soviet times it was the USSR’s only Yiddish amateur theater company.
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Valentinas Brandišauskas blasts ultranationalists’ effort to sanitize and heroize the LAF murderers (2001) [full translation in Defending History]
Recalling the work of Vilna Jewish physicians and medical institutions, by David Schiupakas and Osip Mackin (2010)