The Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections

  • November 13, 2022
  • 1:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 98

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The Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections

Speaker: Jonathan Brent

The talk will describe YIVO's pre-war archive in Vilna, Poland, its looting by the Nazis and its survival during WWII, followed by its rediscovery in 1991 and digitization over 7 years by YIVO, 2014-2022.


Bio: Jonathan Brent is a historian, publisher, translator, writer and teacher.  At Yale University Press (1991-2009) he established the Annals of Communism series.  His books include Stalin’s Last Crime (2003); and Inside the Stalin Archives (2008)

In 2009, Brent became Executive Director and CEO of The YIVO Institute for Jewish Researchwhere he initiated The YIVO Vilna Collection Project in 2014. In 2019 Jonathan Brent received the Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania by H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania.

Brent lectures and publishes widely on Jewish, Soviet and East European history.  

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