Indiana Hoenlein and the Lost Jewish Manuscripts of Vilnius, Lithuania. @elalusa Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @conf_of_pres. @thadmccotter

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11-13-2017

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Indiana Hoenlein and the Lost Jewish Manuscripts of Vilnius, Lithuania. @elalusa Report w/Malcolm Hoenlein @conf_of_pres. @thadmccotter

“…But months ago curators at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in Manhattan, the successor to the Vilnius library, were told that another trove, totaling 170,000 pages, had been found, somehow overlooked in the same church basement.

These documents, experts say, are even more valuable and compelling. Among the finds:

• Five dog-eared notebooks of poetry by Chaim Grade, considered along with Isaac Bashevis Singer as one of the leading Yiddish novelists of the mid-20th century.

• Two letters by Sholem Aleichem, the storyteller whose tales of Tevye the Milkman formed the core of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

• A postcard written by Marc Chagall, the Jewish modernist painter.

“These are gold,” said David E. Fishman, a professor of Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary, who traveled to Vilnius in July at YIVO’s behest to assess the trove’s importance. He came back with the sort of enthusiasm one might find in an explorer who has just discovered unknown lands.

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