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The Baltic Revolution : Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence, Revised and Updated
Anatol Lieven
0300060785
September 10, 1994
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Book Description
In this timely book, Anatol Lieven presents an intimate and engaging portrait of the history and culture of the Baltic states from their ancient origins to their contemporary status. He explores the culture and personality of the Baltic peoples, their religious and racial differences, their relations with Russia and with the West. Drawing on a wide range of sources including interviews, newspaper accounts, and his own observations, he describes and analyzes the rise of national movements in each of the three countries after Glastnost and the possibilities for democracy and Europeanization or for ethnic conflict and nationalist dictatorship.


Sacred Wood
Ruta T. Saliklis
0932900437
May 1998
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Book Description
Lithuanian carvings produced under Soviet occupation during the 1970s and 1980s reflect mythic folk themes, coded Christian iconography, satire, and themes of national identity. Distributed by the University of Wisconsin Press for the Elvehjem Museum of Art


Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books
Aaron Lansky
1565125134
October 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Lansky was a 23-year-old graduate student in 1980 when he came up with an idea that would take over his life and change the face of Jewish literary culture: He wanted to save Yiddish books. With few resources save his passion and ironlike determination, Lansky and his fellow dreamers traveled from house to house, Dumpster to Dumpster saving Yiddish books wherever they could find them—eventually gathering an improbable 1.5 million volumes, from famous writers like Sholem Aleichem and I.B. Singer to one-of-a-kind Soviet prints. In his first book, Lansky charmingly describes his adventures as president and founder of the National Yiddish Book Center, which now has new headquarters at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. To Lansky, Yiddish literature represented an important piece of Jewish cultural history, a...


Preserving Our Litvak Heritage - A History of 31 Jewish Communities in Lithuania
Josef Rosin
0976475901
Jan 2005
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Lithuania: The Bradt Travel Guide
Gordon McLachlan
1841621153
July 2005
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Book Description
Lithuania is an invaluable guide for planning a memorable vacation in this most hospitable of European countries. This guide covers Lithuanian culture and historic attractions, as well as fundamentals such as transportation, restaurants, and accommodations.


The Litvaks
Dov Levin
9653080849
Oct 2001
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Hebrew


Jews in Poland-Lithuania in the Eighteenth Century: A Genealogy of Modernity
Gershon David David Hundert
0520238443
February 2004
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Book Description
Missing from most accounts of the modern history of Jews in Europe is the experience of what was once the largest Jewish community in the world--an oversight that Gershon David Hundert corrects in this history of Eastern European Jews in the eighteenth century.
The experience of eighteenth-century Jews in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth did not fit the pattern of integration and universalization--in short, of westernization--that historians tend to place at the origins of Jewish modernity. Hundert puts this experience, that of the majority of the Jewish people, at the center of his history. He focuses on the relations of Jews with the state and their role in the economy, and on more "internal" developments such as the popularization of the Kabbalah and the rise of Hasidism. Thus he describes the elements of...


A Special Fate (Special Fate: Chiune Sugihara: a Hero of the Holocaust)
Alison Leslie Gold
0590395254


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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-10-A moving account of an unlikely hero. Sugihara single-handedly saved thousands of Jewish lives during the Holocaust. With the support of his wife, he issued exit visas while stationed as a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. Risking his own life and those of his family members, he responded to the call to help fellow human beings. Ignoring the orders of the Japanese foreign ministry, he handwrote thousands of documents so that Jews could flee Lithuania to travel through Russia to get to Japan and freedom. Sugihara was eventually transferred out of Eastern Europe but not before he and his own family experienced the internment camps of Russia. Eventually, he was fired from the foreign service for his bravery and had to find work elsewhere. At the end of his life, he wondered if his act of compassion had...


Light One Candle: A Survivor's Tale from Lithuania to Jerusalem
Solly Ganor
1568363524
April 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
This well-crafted, affecting memoir offers a detailed account of the author's struggle to survive the German occupation of Lithuania amid the terrorizing, torture and liquidation of most of the inhabitants of the Kaunas ghetto during WWII. Ganor describes the diabolical way the Nazis turned gentile Lithuanians against Jews and, inside the ghetto itself, neighbor against neighbor. Remaining useful to the Germans was the only way to survive, and Ganor recounts how the Jewish Council set up vocational classes to teach carpentry and other skills. In the end, Ganor was unable to avoid being sent to Dachau concentration camp, from which he was liberated at the eleventh hour by American troops. In postwar years he became a self-described "emotional amputee" who worked hard to suppress his bitter memories of the war. Yet...


Lithuania
Heather Docalavich
142220054X
December 2005
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The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999
Timothy Snyder
030010586X
August 2004
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Foreign Affairs
"[A] fresh and stimulating look at the path to nationhood." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review
“The Reconstruction of Nations is a brilliant and fascinating analysis of the subtleties, complexities, and paradoxes of the evolution of nations in Eastern Europe. Snyder highlights the success of contemporary leaders of Poland in bringing an end to the centuries of war, conquest, and ethnic cleansing, which have plagued that part of the world. His study has major implications for all of us who want to understand the processes of state collapse and nation-building in the world.”—Samuel P. Huntington, Chairman, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies


Ghetto in Flames: The Struggle and Destruction of the Jews in Vilna in the Holocaust
Yitzhak Arad
0870687530
August 1981
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Language Notes
Text: English, Hebrew (translation)


The Avengers: A Jewish War Story
Rich Cohen
0375705295
October 2001
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Book Review
Rich Cohen, author of Tough Jews, has written what he calls "a Holocaust story without a concentration camp" about Jewish resistance fighters during World War II. The Avengers: A Jewish War Story describes how three young Jews--Cohen's cousin Ruzka Korczak, her friend Abba Kovner, and Kovner's future wife Vitka Klemperer--created an armed, underground movement behind the German lines in Poland with the goal of sabotaging the Nazis and helping the Russians advance. Cohen reports that Kovner described the group's dilemma this way: "If we act cowardly, we die; if we act courageously, we die. So we might as well act courageously." The group's fighting outlasted the war to exact revenge on the Nazis held in Nuremberg and finally to fight for Israel in the 1948 War for Independence. Researching The Avengers, Cohen spent...


Women in Transition: Voices from Lithuania
Suzanne LaFont (Editor)
0791438120
August 1998
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Book Description
Women in Transition addresses the historical, social, economic and political dynamics affecting the lives of women during Lithuania's transition from communism to democracy. This book demonstrates that democracy has not diminished gender discrimination. In fact, the recent political and economic changes threaten to widen the gender gap through a decline in political representation, an increase in women's unemployment and underemployment, and the threat of restrictive reproductive policies. Furthermore, low birth rates coupled with a sharp rise in nationalism has led to propaganda encouraging women to return to home and family. Women in Transition details how women are responding to these changes. The first and only book published about Lithuanian women by Lithuanian women, this unique volume fills a gap in knowledge...


Ponary Diary, 1941-1943 : A Bystander's Account of a Mass Murder
Kazimierz Sakowicz, et al
0300108532
December 10, 2005
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Review
Antony Polonsky : "This remarkable diary, written by a sympathetic Polish observer, gives a graphic and harrowing account of the mass murder of between fifty and sixty thousand Lithuanian Jews in the forest of Ponary just outside Vilna. It is a unique contribution to our understanding of the Holocaust."-Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University
Joshua Rubenstein : "Ponary Diary is a vivid, intimate account of mass murder, and chilling in its relentless detail. The Holocaust has few more compelling witnesses than Kazimierz Sakowicz."-Joshua Rubenstein, Northeast Regional Director, Amnesty International USA

Book Description
About sixty thousand Jews from Wilno (Vilnius, Jewish Vilna) and surrounding townships in present-day Lithuania were murdered by the Nazis and their Lithuanian...


Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books
Aaron Lansky
1565124294
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Lansky was a 23-year-old graduate student in 1980 when he came up with an idea that would take over his life and change the face of Jewish literary culture: He wanted to save Yiddish books. With few resources save his passion and ironlike determination, Lansky and his fellow dreamers traveled from house to house, Dumpster to Dumpster saving Yiddish books wherever they could find them—eventually gathering an improbable 1.5 million volumes, from famous writers like Sholem Aleichem and I.B. Singer to one-of-a-kind Soviet prints. In his first book, Lansky charmingly describes his adventures as president and founder of the National Yiddish Book Center, which now has new headquarters at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. To Lansky, Yiddish literature represented an important piece of Jewish cultural history, a...


Eliyahu's Branches: The Descendants of the Vilna Gaon (Of Blessed and Saintly Memory) and His Family
Chaim Freedman
1886223068
September 1997
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The Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Postcommunist States and Nations)
DAVID J. SMITH, et al
0415285801
July 2002
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Book Description
Since the end of the Cold War there has been an increased interest in The Baltics. This volume brings together three countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, to provide a comprehensive and analytical guide integrating history, political science, economic development and contemporary events into one account. Since gaining their independence each country has developed at its own pace with its own agenda and facing its own obstacles.


Advocating for Children and Families in an Emerging Democracy: The Post-Soviet Experience in Lithuania
Cleo J. Dare
1930608462
January 2003
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Book Description
Mission Statement: This book investigates issues surrounding the creation of social policy and support systems for children and families in this emerging democracy. Approaches advocated by progressively oriented Lithuanian educators, mental health and human service professionals toward addressing these conditions are presented by Lithuanian and American educators and mental health practitioners who have been working toward the development of democratically based social institutions. CONTENTS: Introduction. The Emerging Democracy of Lithuania: A Society in Transition and Its Children. Dennis J. Ritchie and Judy W. Kugelmass. The American Professional Partnership for Lithuanian Education (A.P.P.L.E.): A Model for Successful Partnership and Action Research as a Vehicle for Educational Change. Emilija Sakadolskis. Changing...


The Last Days of Jerusalem of Lithuania: Chronicles from the Vilna Ghetto and the Camps 1939-1944
Herman Kruk, et al
0300044941
September 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
This authoritative, stunningly edited edition of Kruk's acclaimed journals, news postings and poems of life and death in the Jewish ghetto of Vilna and later in a labor camp in Estonia is as major addition to Holocaust literature and Jewish history. In 1961 a Yiddish edition of the Vilna diaries was published. This larger new edition has been painstakingly assembled from those diaries and other documents and writings by Kruk that were widely scattered and only found since the 1961 edition; Harshav has also added a wealth of new footnotes. The potency and the power of Kruk's chronicle resides in its scrupulous detailing of everyday ghetto life-what people ate and read, the self-imposed rules for how Jewish women dressed, Jewish collaborators, Christian resistance to camps and deportations, news reports from the...


Advocating for Children and Families in an Emerging Democracy: The Post-Soviet Experience in Lithuania
Judy W. Kugelmass (Editor)
1930608470
January 2003
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Book Description
Mission Statement: This book investigates issues surrounding the creation of social policy and support systems for children and families in this emerging democracy. Approaches advocated by progressively oriented Lithuanian educators, mental health and human service professionals toward addressing these conditions are presented by Lithuanian and American educators and mental health practitioners who have been working toward the development of democratically based social institutions. CONTENTS: Introduction. The Emerging Democracy of Lithuania: A Society in Transition and Its Children. Dennis J. Ritchie and Judy W. Kugelmass. The American Professional Partnership for Lithuanian Education (A.P.P.L.E.): A Model for Successful Partnership and Action Research as a Vehicle for Educational Change. Emilija Sakadolskis. Changing...

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