The North

A Jewish Presence In The Jerusalem Of The North

08/08/2008
Staff Writer
Before World War II, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, was known as “The Jerusalem of the North.” The city was the center of Jewish scholarship, home to rabbis and radicals, businessmen and artists. The YIVO Yiddish research institute was founded there. The sage known as the Vilna Gaon lived there. Then came the Holocaust. Ninety-five percent of Lithuania’s 200,000 Jews were victims of the Final Solution. Vilnius became a setting of memories and memorials. Now Vilnius is a venue of Jewish renaissance.

A Jewish Presence In The Jerusalem Of The North

08/06/2008
Staff Writer
Before World War II, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, was known as “The Jerusalem of the North.” The city was the center of Jewish scholarship, home to rabbis and radicals, businessmen and artists. The YIVO Yiddish research institute was founded there. The sage known as the Vilna Gaon lived there. Then came the Holocaust. Ninety-five percent of Lithuania’s 200,000 Jews were victims of the Final Solution. Vilnius became a setting of memories and memorials. Now Vilnius is a venue of Jewish renaissance.
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