Conference Proceeding: Herman Kruk: Librarian and Book Rescuer in the Vilna Ghetto

The Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Collections Project is a landmark initiative that digitally reunites pre-war archival and library collections from YIVO, the Strashun Library, the An-sky Museum and other important Jewish institutions in pre-war Vilna. It encompasses over 2.5 million pages of material from YIVO in New York, the Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Central State Archives and the Wroblewski Library in Vilnius. The project draws its inspiration from the dramatic history of the collections and the heroic efforts of several generations of individual Jews and Lithuanians who helped rescue and hide the collections during WWII and in the Soviet period. Leading scholars and librarians participating in the Project will discuss how passing the invisible torch of the noble work of their predecessors has made the project possible.