Jews on the Map of Lithuania: the Case of Biržai. Preserving Jewish Heritage and Historical Memory.
/ Editor-in-chief Irina Kopchenova. Moscow, 2015. 366 p.
Jews on the Map of Lithuania : Biržai. Problems of Preserving Jewish Heritage and Historical Memory is a collection of materials on Jewish history, ethnography, sociolinguistics, and epigraphics, gleaned during three Sefer Center expeditions in 2013 and 2014 in the currently Northern-Lithuanian town of Biržai and its environs.
The book is not limited merely to presenting the results of this large international two-year project for ethnographic, epigraphic, and archival research on the Jewish community of Biržai, where Rabbinical Jews and Karaites lived as neighbors. The study also represents an attempt at preserving Jewish heritage and memory of Jews in the former Great Duchy of Lithuania region.
Modern history saw repeated changes in the paradigm of historical memory on the territory of the former GDL. How did this reflect on the material and immaterial monuments of Jewish heritage, on the perception of Jewish history and culture, and ultimately, on the memory of Jewish neighbors? As the expedition set out for Biržai, we hoped to learn how the Jews were preserved in their neighbors’ memories, what recollections the locals had of them and what had already escaped or had been suppressed from memory, and how different ethnic and religious groups had coexisted in the particularly poly-ethnic and multi-confessional region of Biržai. We were also concerned with the broader (both in the geographic and cultural-historical sense) issue of the impression left by the extinct Jewish civilization on Lithuania’s mental map.
Svetlana Amosova (Sefer Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, Institute of Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)
Leonid Dreyer (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow)
Irina Kopchenova (Ed.-in-chief, Sefer Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, Institute of Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)
Victoria Mochalova (Sefer Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, Institute of Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)
Lara Lempertene (Judaica Research Center, Vilnius)
Mikhail Nosonovsky (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Peer reviewed by Tatiana Tsivyan (Institute of Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow), Alexander Lokshin (Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow), Hektoras Vitkus (Klaipeda University, Klaipeda)
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Jurgita Šiaučiūnaitė-Verbickienė. Essays on the history of Birzhai Jewish community Perception of the Jew in His Neighbors Memory (Materials from the Fields of Ethnography, Oral History and Sociolinguistics)
Memory about the Holocaust
Jewish Cemetery of BiržaiMikhail Vasilyev. Îld Jewish Cemetery of Biržai