Judy Baston: Documenting the Vilna Ghetto Library

September 16, 2018
1:30 pm

American Jewish University, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library, Los Angeles CA

Speaker: Judy Baston

Judy Baston: Documenting the Vilna Ghetto Library   September 16th, 2018  Sunday Afternoon  1:30 pm at AJU VILNA– known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania – had a strong cultural tradition that endured and flourished even after the Vilna Ghetto was established in 1941. Perhaps the most important cultural institution in the Ghetto was the Vilna Ghetto Library;  it was considered the only fully-functioning library in a Holocaust-era ghetto. When Judy Baston discovered that her three young cousins in the Vilna Ghetto had been on the list of Ghetto Library patrons, she was stunned to realize that the grimness of their daily lives [...]

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October 8, 2018
7:30 pm

American Jewish University, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library, Los Angeles CA

Speaker: Andrew Zalewski

Andrew Zalewski: JEWISH GALICIA:  VIBRANT PAST REDISCOVERED   October 8th, 2018  Monday evening  7:30 pm at AJU Andrew Zalewski intertwines genealogical discoveries with a broader historical context bringing to life the Jewish community of Galicia. The talk is of interest to general audiences interested in Jewish genealogy; the presentation is illustrated by unique archival documents and old maps. Andrew Zalewski, the author of two books on Austrian Galicia (1772–1918), explores the impact of the Habsburg rule on Galician Jews—the laws about marriages, surnames, schools, and military service brought dizzying pace of changes but also controversies. Pious traditionalists and impatient reformers of the [...]

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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles (JGSLA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with those who are interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

Founded in 1979, the Society has over 500 members and is governed by an elected Board of Directors. We hold monthly meetings providing a mix of lectures and films to assist our members in their family history research and twice-yearly research workshops with volunteer helpers and translators.

IAJGS 2018 in Warsaw, Poland
August 6-10, 2018

Co-hosts: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Jewish Historical Institute
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Jews in the Great War: Family Histories Retold
by Rosen, Lois Ogilby, ed.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, 2015.  208 pp.
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A Review by Marion Werle:  Jews in the Great War is a collection of 37 stories of the World War I experiences of Jews from all over the world. The stories and accompanying photos were initially exhibited at the 34th IAJGS Jewish genealogy conference, held in Salt Lake City in 2014. The book is partly a scrapbook and partly an exhibit catalog. The level of detail varies from story to story, the longest of which is 11 pages of narrative, photos and documents, with the typical entry consisting of a page or two of text accompanied by one or more photos and small family trees.      Read More