Founded by a group of Eastern European intellectuals after World War I, YIVO, the Yiddish Scientific Institute in Vilna, Lithuania, embodied the apex of secular Yiddish culture.
Using newly recovered documents that were believed destroyed by Hitler’s and Stalin’s forces, historian Cecile Kuznitz tells the compelling story of how these scholars built a world-renowned institution despite dire poverty and anti-Semitism.
YIVO and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture: Scholarship for the Yiddish Nation is the first book on YIVO’s history.
Cecile E. Kuznitz is Associate Professor of History and Director of Jewish Studies and Historical Studies at Bard College. She has published on topics including the history of the Jewish community of Vilna, the field of Yiddish studies, and Jewish urban history. In 2014 she served as the Workmen's Circle/Dr. Emanuel Patt Visiting Professor in Eastern European Jewish Studies at YIVO. She has also held fellowships at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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