Presentation: Documenting the Vilna Ghetto Library

September 16, 2018 1:30 pm

Location – American Jewish University, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library

Speaker – Judy BastonDocumenting the Vilna Ghetto Library

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 had been brightened even a bit by the stories in the books they read. Further research led her to uncover additional documentation from the Vilna Ghetto Library in the Lithuanian State Central Archive.

She will cite from reports from two Ghetto librarians that provide a detailed look at which authors and titles were read by different kinds of Ghetto Library patrons.

JUDY BASTON is a longtime Board member and former Vice President of LitvakSIG. She coordinates LitvakSIG’s Lida District and Oshmiany District Research Groups and is also on the the Executive Committee and Board of JRI-Poland. For nearly 20 years, she has moderated the Discussion Groups of LitvakSIG and JRI-Poland, and she also moderates the BialyGen and Lodz discussion groups. She has been involved with the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco for 26 years and coordinates their monthly Genealogy Clinic. In July, 2015, Judy received the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s conference in Jerusalem.

The JGSLA Traveling Library and Mentors Corner will be available starting at 1:00 pm.

Program begins at 1:30 pm. JGSLA MEMBERS FREE ~ GUESTS $5.00.

Our Ralph’s Community ID has changed!

Well, darn!  When you think you’ve completed something, and then someone pulls the rug out on you, that’s pretty much all you can say….

We thought we were being so good to get our yearly reminder out to you early — in the September newsletter where it belongs.  And so just less than a week ago for printed copy newsletter recipients, and this weekend for those getting the IGS Newsletter by Email delivery, our front page announced that it woud be time again on September 1st to sign up again (or for the first time) in Ralph’s Community program.  This is the program that refunds a small percentage of your grocery purchases at this Southern California subsidiary of the Kroger grocery chain as income to the Immigrant Genealogical Society (as well as scores of other non-profits).

And, naturally, it was just about this time that our president got an announcement from Ralph’s saying that our program ID had changed from the number we’ve seemingly always had to something new — HW858, if I heard the message correctly.  I’m presuming that this shouldn’t be too much of a problem if one chooses the option of typing in the name of the preferred organization until that desired organization’s name pops up in a window.  Then one merely selects that choice, and the registration is good for another year.  And since we all have to wait until September 1st is here to sign up again, no one has been able to enter a wrong ID yet anyway.  We just ask that those of you who participate be extra cautious this time around.  THANKS!!

Ventura County August 18th

The Ventura County Genealogical Society is presenting a Family History program on “Finding Online Resources from Lineage Societies.”  The date is Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. It is a free event, open to all. For more information, visit their web site: https://venturacogensoc.org/.

Upcoming Local Events!

Looking Forward to another great SCGS Jamboree May 31 & June 1-2!

(Pre-Registration ends Tomorrow, May 20)

Stop by our table in the exhibit hall!

Also… Check out the VCGS Free Family History Presentation!

Saturday, June 16 at the Camarillo Library

See their flyer for more details…

SOLD OUT!

Our Handwriting Workshop with Dr. Fritz Juengling on June 9th is now sold out.  There is a waiting list, but we do not expect that we’ll have too many cancellations.  So, while we’re always willing to add names, it’s probably unwise to get one’s hopes up.

The good news is that this encourages the IGS to offer more programming in the future.  We used to be very active in this regard, until the internet and decreased membership made it seem unwise to continue offering programs — while paying speakers and presenters to come for declining audiences.

This workshop represents the first time in years that we’ve been able to pay a presenter for their work and cover transportation costs.  That being something of a gamble, we did not want to add more risk by contracting for a hall somewhere for this event.  The result is that we’re squeezing as many as we can into limited space at SCGS and IGS, but having to turn away those for whom we just have no available room.  We hope you understand.

We’re pleased — VERY pleased — at the turnout, however.  This means we’ll try to “think bigger” next year.  Please keep us in mind!

Two Announcements

  1.  It is important that any members who can attend, do attend the Annual Meeting on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the IGS Library.  For reasons of illness and injury, the officers cannot be present.  Still, our Bylaws require a certain level of participation in the election of the new Board.  You need not stay long, but your presence will be appreciated!
  2. For reasons of illness, the December newsletter will be late.

German-American Day L.A. & Oktoberfest

This Sunday, consider this event….  https://germandayla.com 

….where you can view the flyer shown below.

The date is Sunday, October 8th from 10 am until 6 pm, at Alpine Village in Torrance.

But whether or not you can make it, Happy German-American Day!

Re: Jamboree June 8 – 11

Attention, all friends of IGS!

Are you thinking you’ll not attend Jamboree this year because you don’t have the time or money for a full day’s activities?

Why not just come over for an hour or two to visit the IGS table and the other exhibitors?  The Jamboree Exhibit Hall is free and open to the public all weekend.  If you’re within commuting distance, you can still participate without making a major commitment!

If you park in the lot of the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, you can expect to pay for parking.  But the Exhibit Hall alone — with all the displays, products, and connections-to-be-made — can be well worth it.

Don’t miss out, come on over!!

Astrid Adler’s 5/13 talk at the Library

Thank you to all who came to hear her this afternoon, and welcome to those who plan to come on Tuesday evening to hear this engaging presentation.  Remember, May 16th at 1310 W. Magnolia Blvd. with informal reception at 6 pm and the talk beginning at 7 pm.  However, please plan on coming a bit earlier than you had planned, as we’ve received notice of filming that evening in the next block to our west — and parking could be at a premium.  [We have three lanes, for three cars each, behind our building off the alley.]

Now, here are photos from today’s talk….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you come to hear her Tuesday, be sure to sign in at the front desk.  Astrid will be selling copies of her books — which she will inscribe for buyers if they wish — so come prepared.  She has done a great job telling the story of emigration to America from her home region, and these two books will make great gifts to family members who may wonder why genealogy fascinates you so!!  The first explains what the journey was like, and why people chose to make it.  The second tells the specific stories of eight families from her home town, including how they managed to adjust to their new country.