The Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, founded here in 1925, in historic Vilna (then Wilno, Poland; in Yiddish forever Vílne) as the world’s premier Yiddish-in-Yiddish academic institute, has, to the consternation of many of its life-long supporters and participating scholars, in recent years been (temporarily, to be sure) “hijacked” to serve as the prime unit (with the AJC a close second) for Jewish PR. Not “general” Jewish PR but specifically on behalf of certain circles in the Lithuanian government determined to revise Holocaust history (and “sell” the revisions to American Jews particularly), while covering for the use of major Jewish cemeteries for building projects, all the while projecting adulation of “Litvak and Yiddish culture.”
Two of the best-known protests from Holocaust survivors in Vilnius came from Milan Chersonski, longtime editor of the Lithuanian Jewish Community’s quadrilingual newspaper, and Vilna-born physicist Professor Pinchos Fridberg. More pain was expressed in responses from the Leyzer Ran Family in New York, and the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel.
Posted in "Jewish" Events as Cover?, Lithuania, Litvak Affairs, News & Views, Yiddish Affairs, Yivo Manipulated?
Tagged Association of Lithuanian Jews, DanRabinowitz, Jonathan Brent (Yivo), Jonathan Brent + Lithuania, Leyzer Ran, Milan Chersonski, Pinchos Fridberg, The Lost Library, Yiddish in Vilnius, Yivo library, Yivo Lithuania, Yivo Yiddish Library and Archive
VILNIUS—As the first small shipment of Harvard Library’s new book, Catalog of the Leyzer Ran Collection in the Harvard College Library arrived this week in the Lithuanian capital, there was widespread satisfaction that at least a tabulation of the contents of Leyzer Ran’s extensive archive of Jewish Vilna is finally available. The collection was bequeathed to Harvard University where the Library maintains it as a distinct entity with its own name, space, and now, a handsome catalogue brought out by Harvard University. Leyzer Ran (1912-1995) is widely considered to be the primary postwar chronicler of the centuries-old unique Jewish civilization of the city known in Yiddish as Vílne, Yerusholáyim d’Líte — Vilna, Jerusalem of Lithuania. The newly appeared catalogue was compiled and edited by Dr. Charles Berlin, who is Head of Judaica at Harvard Library and Harvard University’s Lee M. Friedman Bibliographer in Judaica.
Posted in Books, Lithuania, Litvak Affairs, News & Views, Yiddish Affairs
Tagged Charles Berlin (Harvard), Davina Ran, Dovid Katz, Faye Ran, Jerusalem of Lihtuania, Justin Cammy, Leyzer Ran, Mordechai Zalkin, Ruth Wisse, Vilna, Vilna Jewish Studies, Vilnius Jewish history
The surviving family members of the late Leyzer Ran, led by his wife Basheva Ran, today released a statement concerning Yivo’s decision to honor the Lithuanian foreign minister in New York in the absence of apologies for the accusations against Jewish partisan heroes, and in the absence of progress on widespread antisemitism including legalized swatikas and Holocaust distortionism. Details and a PDF of the letter are available here.
Posted in "Jewish" Events as Cover?, A 21st Century Campaign Against Lithuanian Holocaust Survivors?, Basheva Ran & Family, Double Genocide, News & Views, Opinion, Politics of Memory, United States, Yivo Manipulated?
Tagged Dr. Jonathan Brent, Leyzer Ran, Prof. Faye Ran