Conference Proceeding: Ester Eliashev and the Idea of People’s University (Di Folks Univerzitet) in Interwar Kaunas

When Kaunas in 1919 became the provisional capital of the newly established Lithuanian state, Kaunas Jewish Community took an active part in the development of social, cultural, educational and political life. This year, during the cataloging work at the National Library, a collection of manuscripts, notes and letters which belonged to Ester Eliashev - literary critic, journalist and teacher – was discovered. These documents reveal about trying to establish a Jewish University (Di Folks Univerzitet) in Kaunas, cooperation with Albert Einstein and Simon Dubnow, and efforts to have an institution of Jewish higher education.

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