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Online tour: Pre-war Jewish Vilna as seen through eyes of a teen girl

On Wednesday, December 8, at 1 pm ET, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will lead a Zoom tour of its exhibit depicting pre-war Vilna as seen through the eyes of a Jewish teenage girl.

The exhibit, called “Beba Epstein: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Girl”, is based on an autobiography that Beba Epstein, a secular, middle-class teenager in Vilna, wrote in Yiddish in the 1930’s. The document was part of a huge cache of YIVO materials that were discovered in Lithuania in 2017, all of which is now being digitized as part of the Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections project.

The event is being organized by the Facebook page, “Jewish Culture and Holocaust Remembrance Group”, but one need not be a member of the group to attend. To join the tour, click here. To hear the backstory about the exhibit, click on the link 10 minutes before the event.

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